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People say what happened in dreams is opposite to that in reality; however, sometimes, reality is like a dream, as well as a mirror image: although it can present a reversed reflection, it cannot reverse time. Like an island where its time and space are stagnating, a current moment may seem familiar in dreams.
As someone who grew up in a family that wasn’t originally from Taiwan, I didn’t identify with ‘Taiwan’ at first. With the term ‘Taiwan Province’ now consigned to the dustbin of history, in this short film I aim to comb through my own past from the vantage point of one’s ‘province of origin’.
A story about ethnic Chinese Malaysians in the late 18th and early 19th centuries: as they traverse the lands in the South China Sea, they become like fireflies quivering upon the dark waters.
After being abandoned for nearly seven decades, the old tribal village is difficult to reach with almost no roads leading to it. The only guide on our journey in search of our roots is Wilang, who drags his octogenarian body up the mountain. As we follow Wilang’s footsteps, we travel a tunnel back in time...
I rarely see or speak to my own father. Old images, which have an independent, fictional time, intimately occupy my and my father’s consciousness or memories. After nearly 30 years of this frozen relationship, I look forward to using film to document this ‘time’, which becomes a concrete and direct journey when it radiates through a world filled with real emotions.
Under constant regimes of discipline and incorporation, rituals, faiths, bodies, and the position of man and god all trend towards uprootedness, where we lose our links to the land and to others. Time is dissected into ever more infinitesimal parts. Those who could not keep up now appear within the gaze of a stopped frame. Regardless of man or god, all destruction and rebirth meet at this point in search of a safe corner.
As she nears the age of 30, Rina still tries to find, with some difficulty, a path to becoming a film director. This year her father Richard, who she misses dearly, sends his favorite animal and Chinese zodiac sign, the tiger, to silently listen and follow his daughter through her unsteady sound of life. Through the medium of film, we distantly imagine what the world was like in the 1950s, when he himself was 30.
In 1995 when Taiwan reached the pinnacle of economic prosperity and the flowers of art blossomed everywhere, we just had our wings fully grown and were ready to fly, yet he passed away at the young age of 26. His death left a scar in our lives and rang a bell of alarm. As we reflect upon his youthful smile and tribulations of love, we find that even after more than 20 years, the stroke of the bell still reverberates among us.
Ah-zhong is a non-upright walker, a theatre worker and a man of action. Walking forms the basis for his bodily training and is also one of his methods of expression. Through prolonged and repeated walks, interspersed with cigarette breaks, he enters into another world by imagining ‘Who am I?’, and with it comes the strength for living.
LIU and WEN share a collaborative relationship in film, and also a close friendship despite their age difference. In this visit by WEN, we enter LIU’s life and reflect on her five-decade career in acting. Regardless of glamour or monotony, a steadfast mindset always prevails.
Reel Taiwan 2018: Archives Revisited
This programme is a collaboration between Taiwan Film Institute and Public Television Service. 14 filmmakers are invited to breathe new life into TFI’s film archives. The short films created as part of this project will have their world premiere at TIDF and be broadcasted on PTS.
A Talk with Yin-shang Liu
The Horrible Thirty: Me, My Father and Richard the Tiger
The Last Documentary Fossil
LIN Tay-jou,WU Duan-sheng