Back Streets – a graphic noevl

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Rediscover the Lost Frames of History in “Back Streets”
“Back Street ” distills the essence of cinema’s golden age through the lens of a young man’s quest, intertwining a nation’s cultural legacy with a personal journey of discovery and preservation.


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In the evocative graphic novel “Back Streets ” , Golden Comic Award winner Jian Jia-Cheng crafts a poignant narrative that intertwines a teenager’s personal discovery with the fading legacy of Taiwanese Hokkien cinema. When a young man stumbles upon his late grandfather’s storeroom, he unearths more than just relics; he finds a connection to a bygone era of film and a new purpose in preserving it.

Set against the backdrop of Taiwan’s cultural shift from the vibrant film industry of the 1960s to the forgotten reels of history, this tale follows two unlikely companions on a quest to restore a cinematic treasure. Happy, a man dedicated to salvaging the remnants of Taiwan’s cinematic golden age, and Chung, the teenager who joins him, embark on a journey that transcends time, uncovering the rich tapestry of Taiwanese film heritage.

Jian’s storytelling is a tribute to the art of film restoration, a reminder of the urgency to save these cultural artifacts from obscurity. Through meticulous detail and heartfelt illustrations, “Back Streets” not only captures the technical challenges of film preservation but also honors the filmmakers’ passion and resilience in the face of adversity.

With 250 pages of historical depth and emotional resonance, “Back Streets ”is a must-read for anyone who cherishes the timeless allure of cinema and the enduring spirit of those who create it. Dive into this graphic novel and witness the revival of memories etched in celluloid, as Jian Jia-Cheng invites you to join a quest not just for a movie, but for the soul of an era.


Jian Jia-Cheng – 簡嘉誠

Despite having graduated with a BA in English, Jian Jia-Cheng decided he would spend his life drawing comics while still at middle school.. After college, he worked as a financial cartoonist and as a storyboard  artist for animation studios and advertisements. He began to publish his own original works, not only as a solo artist and writer, but also as a collaborator with others. His simple drawing style stands out from the various types of Japanese manga that dominate much of the comic market, and he has represented Taiwan at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

Weight 650 g
Dimensions 24 × 17 × 2 cm

Art by

Jian Jia-Cheng

Original Language

Traditional Chinese


Paperback, 170x240mm





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