Professor Cheng Jung-Ho, left General Electric to teach at National Taiwan University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Worried that science education in Taiwan prefers theory and paperwork to practice and technique, Cheng devises a series of courses to train students to realize their ideas an...(Read more)
Professor Cheng Jung-Ho, left General Electric to teach at National Taiwan University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Worried that science education in Taiwan prefers theory and paperwork to practice and technique, Cheng devises a series of courses to train students to realize their ideas and fulfill their dreams. This film records the process of one particularly fantastic project: Cheng leads a group of students to make a “solar vehicle,” starting with nothing but ideas and dreams. Later, they even participate in the “World Solar Challenge” (WSC) in Australia, driving across the continent, overtaking rivals from the US and Japan, and in the end gloriously taking fifth place.
Overcoming all difficulties, these young college students turn textbook theories into engineering technique and realize the dream of creating a solar-powered vehicle. Likewise, Taiwanese cinema, whether feature or documentary, has long been made via a master-apprentice system rather than the usual studio system, by small teams instead of production giants, and as a handicraft rather than on an assembly line. Solar vehicles absorb sunlight, turn it into energy and run, and head for the horizon. Though this scene has nothing to do with the film industry in a literal sense, it is a metaphor for cinema. One of the founders of Fullshot Video Workshop in late 1980s who stayed on location for five years after the Jiji Earthquake of 1999 to record the reconstruction efforts, director Lee Jong-Wang, belongs to Taiwan’s tradition of humanistic documentarians. Turning to the theme of technical activities seems like a break from his earlier work, yet this film proves that Lee has in fact continued his concerns. Global warming and climate change may be seen as coming from the petrochemical industry, but nuclear plants are actually devastating time-bombs. The green industry, of which solar vehicles are a part, are what humans today could turn to as an alternative. The title “For More Sun” is derived from the solar vehicle’s name “Formosun,” both of which call to mind “Formosa,” the classical name of Taiwan. Such a naming, significantly, reflects the collective desire for greater participation by Taiwan in the international community and to bring greater glory to Taiwan.
|DVD source：||R.O.C. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.|
|Taiwan Academies, Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. please contact Embassies, Representative Offices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.|
|Subtitle：||Chinese, English, French, Spanish|
|YANG Chung-Ming, TSAI Jing-Ru, LEE Jong-Wang|
James LIU, Joint Entertainment International Inc.
2006 Taipei Film Festival
2006 Taiwan International Documentary Festival