On a business trip, a Taipei young girl, Zing, travels to Orchid Island located 90 kilometers off the southeast coast of Taiwan. Her work is to test the transmission of mobile phones on the island. Behong is a native Tao aboriginal who was born on Orchid Island and grew up there. He works as a tour ...(Read more)
On a business trip, a Taipei young girl, Zing, travels to Orchid Island located 90 kilometers off the southeast coast of Taiwan. Her work is to test the transmission of mobile phones on the island. Behong is a native Tao aboriginal who was born on Orchid Island and grew up there. He works as a tour guide showing visitors and tourists around the island. Zing and Behong encounter each other at the dock on Zing’s arrival. After Zing loses her purse with money and passport in it, and then loses contact with her boyfriend in Taipei, she is helpless. Behong comes to her rescue. Suspecting that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Zing is attracted to Behong. Behong not only acts very manly, but also lives as he wishes—a lifestyle very attractive to Zing, who has grown tired of life in the city. However, when Zing finds her purse and passport, she makes a difficult decision to return to Taipei.
Tseng Wen-Chen is famous for her documentary Spring: The Story of Hsu Chin-Yu (2002). Fishing Luck is her first feature film. It is set on Orchid Island, home to the Tao Indigenous People, and where nature and the Tao culture are well preserved. Images in this film are clean, and the narrative very clear and concise. It involves a classical romantic story: a Taipei modern woman meets a Tao tribal man on the Orchid Island. She initially suffers culture shock; yet, after going through stages of misunderstanding, mutual understanding, and reconciliation, falls in love with the man. The camera, like a tour guide, shows the audience this island’s spectacular and soothing natural scenery. It also showcases Tao cultural traditions, such as the Flying Fish Festival. The film’s narrative sets up a series of contrasts that invoke various social issues: the cultural differences between Han people and Tao aboriginals, the gap between the modern city and the pre-modern tribe, fragile human connections made possible by technical device vs. affectionate relationships made through inter-personal contacts, and finally, urban people’s desire for modernity vs. their nostalgia for nature and a simple life. However, the soothing scenery, the idyllic life, and the romantic story shot “within the frames,” are all made in contrast with what’s “off-screen,” which is absent in the film but in fact always-already present over there: the nuclear waste being dumped daily from Taiwan on Orchid Island.
|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.|
|Theme：||Cultural Conflict、Indigenous Peoples、Society、The Environment|
|Subtitle：||English, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese|
|Actors：||Biung Wang, Linda|
Ocean Deep Films
2005 Busan International Film Festival
2005 Tokyo International Film Festival
2006 Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival
2008 Atlanta Asian Film Festival