The film narrates the political history of Taiwan over a period of 50 years, following the imposition of martial law in 1947 and ‘The White Terror.’ Suspected of being a leftist, KO spent around 30 years in prison and institutions, always obsessively worrying about the fate of his best friend CHEN e...(Read more)
The film narrates the political history of Taiwan over a period of 50 years, following the imposition of martial law in 1947 and ‘The White Terror.’ Suspected of being a leftist, KO spent around 30 years in prison and institutions, always obsessively worrying about the fate of his best friend CHEN executed in the 1950s. Their friendship and CHEN's fate is chronicled in flashback. Soon after his release, KO goes in search of the truth and a part of himself. Only when he learns the truth is he able to pay his respects.
This intense and sad film depicts the mind of KO as he wanders back and forth through time and space, history and the city, memory and reality. Using an idealistic political prisoner from the 50s to form a poignant contrast with the corrupt politicians of the 90s, WAN thrusts the motifs of “introspection” and “redemption” to the poetic summit using thick and heavy brush strokes, resulting in a great artistic achievement.
|Theme：||Gender、History、Society、2020 Program: Live on the Scene: Taiwan’s Martial Law History|
|Subtitle：||Chinese, English, Japanese|
|Actors：||LIN Yang, SU Ming-ming, CHEN Chiu-yen, KO I-chen|
|Screenplay：||LIAO Ching-song, WAN Jen, Wu Nien-jen|
|Excluded for public screenings：||Licensed to all regions except: Taiwan, China (not including Hong Kong, Macau), Japan|
The film is for non-profit screening only.
1995 Golden Horse Awards, Best Actor
1995 Golden Horse Awards, nominated for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Sound Recording
1998 Fajr International Film Festival, Best Script Award