The Captive



In Taiwan, when talking about “old soldiers”, most people consider them as members of the Kuomintang (KMT), the political party that followed Chiang Kai-shek to Taiwan. In October 1949 after the KMT had lost the entire mainland, the Communist army invaded Kinmen Island. After three days of intense fighting, the Communists were defeated at Gu-ning-tou on the northwestern coast of Kinmen. Communist soldiers who were not killed were captured by the KMT. Chen Shu-yen was one of the captured soldiers being brought to Taiwan. He never revealed his actual identity except when getting drunk. Not until his daughter started to converse with him via the camera did Chen begin to tell his personal secrets…