Wu-Hsiung lives in a fishing village in Cijin, Kaohsiung, with his 7-year-old daughter, Mei, whose mother left without a word after she was born. Wu-Hsiung raises Mei by himself and leads the difficult yet satisfying life of an underclass laborer. When Mei reaches the age for school, he has to strug...(Read more)
Wu-Hsiung lives in a fishing village in Cijin, Kaohsiung, with his 7-year-old daughter, Mei, whose mother left without a word after she was born. Wu-Hsiung raises Mei by himself and leads the difficult yet satisfying life of an underclass laborer. When Mei reaches the age for school, he has to struggle with the police and the social work department for her custody. He seeks help from public offices and even a legislator but all to no avail. Driven by anger and despair, Wu-Hsiung accuses society of negligence and injustice with a daunting move: with Mei in his arms, he dangles himself from a skywalk over a main street in Taipei.
This film is based on a real social event in Taiwan. It accuses the state bureaucratic institutions and petrified judicial system of exploiting the underprivileged. The black-and-white photography reminds the audience of the signature style of The World in Which We Live (known as Ren Jian in Chinese), an influential leftist-activist magazine of the 1980s. The main settings in Kaohsiung include a harbor and a hardware store, implying its history as a sea-city and a center of the shipping industry. The aesthetics of this film are subtle in their roughness, simultaneously realistic and poetic. On the soundtrack one can hear the continuous murmur of sea waves and the clanking of metal.
Nonetheless, neither Kaohsiung nor Taipei is friendly and cozy enough in this film for the underclass people to live. It seems that, ironically, only when the father and the daughter are on the road can they smile and enjoy life.
|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.|
|Color：||B & W|
|Language：||Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakka|
|Subtitle：||English, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese|
|Producer：||Leon DAI, Akira Wen-Pin CHEN|
|Actors：||CHAO Yo-Hsuan, Akira Wen-Pin CHEN, LIN Chih-Ju|
|Screenplay：||Leon DAI, Akira Wen-Pin CHEN|
Luminoso Film Co.
2009 Taipei Film Awards, Grand Prize, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Media's Choice Awards
2009 Golden Horse Awards, Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Outstanding Taiwanese Film of the Year, Audience Choice Awards
2009 Asia-Pacific Film Festival, Best Director, Best Cinematography Awards
2009 Durban International Film Festival, Best Feature Film Award
2010 Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, Golden Cyclo Award for Best Feature Film