When Director Laway was small, his father began working as crew on fishing boats out of the port of Kaohsiung. All through his youth, Laway’s mother took him by Kinmen bus from Taitung to Kaohsiung to visit his father every year or two.
Amis people have worked on fishing boats for years, and such family visits were common in the years from 1940 to 1960.
With permission granted in April of 2013, Director Laway picked up his camera to film six of the Amis crew members. He boarded a Taiwanese ocean-going ship on Bona Bei island – an American possession in the South Pacific. With this ship he followed a purse seiner for 20 days, filming the crew’s hard work and difficult life.
To conclude, how was Laway’s father able to get through twenty years of his working career as a crew member?
The director’s only assistant is the son of a photographer – Mayaw‧Laway