My Imported Wife

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Huang Nai-hui has cerebral palsy. He seems to be disadvantaged, but his ambition is much stronger than the general public. To have a family of his own, three years ago, despite people’s look, he married Navy, a Cambodian 20 years younger, and had this cute girl Jing-ci. His dream fulfilled.

For money problem, the couple was having more and more fights. Navy wanted to help her poor family back in Cambodia, but Huang wanted to protect his own family. With enmity towards his mother-in-law, the trip back to Cambodia made the couple astray. Later the mother-in-law’ two-month stay in Taiwan worsened the relationship.

Huang and Navy are facing a fierce battle between cross-national marriages. With the huge gap of sex, age, culture, and status, is peace possible…

Dreaming of Home – Marginal Tribe of the City

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At the intersection of Hsichih Shin-tai Rt. 5 and N. 2 highway is an aborigine village. The Amis from Huadong named this new home in Taipei “Huadong New Village.”

The youths came to the city from their hometown with dreams. At the margin where cities connect, they found place for temporary settlement. So they started their own family and lived on for a couple of years. The next generation grows, life becomes harder, and their dreams still seem unreachable.

It’s said that the “house fairies” lives and dies with the master. Once the master leaves, the fairies perish in the empty house. And without the fairies’ guarding, the straw houses back in Huadong slowly break down under the storms.

“Can’t get back!” The Amis lightly said.

Experimental Taiwanese

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“The Moon is the earth’s only satellite, and the fifth largest in the solar system. Its surface is full of meteorite pits, high mountains, and plains; quite desolate, a world of deadly stillness. When we’re looking into the starry sky, we’re actually peeking into its past…”

Hebei origin, air-force officer retiree, Mr. Chou, now diligently learning Taiwanese, met “Chang Jiang No. 1,” China’s top secret agent during Sino-Japanese war, on a Peking opera’ seminar. Chou’s flat moon life has then been sparkled. He started to talk around about the heroic accomplishments this “Chang Jiang No.1” had done. This person, “who contributes most to China,” gradually becomes Chou’s only mark on the Moon.

Is “homesickness” a gene? Inheritable? Transplantable? Can be parted or chosen? Contagious? Needs regular purging like computer viruses? … Through the story between Mr. Chou and “Chang Jiang No.1.” the film uses lively rhythm to represent the interesting homesickness issue. The director adopts a humorous way to re-present these new Taiwanese in Taiwan.

As for whether “Chang Jiang No.1” is a real person or not is up to the audience to decide.

The Story of Wai San Din Alluvion

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Wai San Ding Island, an isolated sandbar off the west coast of Taiwan, has already drifted from the coast of Yunlin County to Chiayi County. The film documents the changes of Wai San Ding Island, and is narrated by the director in the first-person. The film consists of four parts and documents the daily life of the people whose lives are closely tied to the island. Their stories tell how Wai San Ding Island has changed through the decades. Footage which the director shot on the island 17 years ago is inserted to show the great contrast between the island of the past and its present appearance.

Stone Dream

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This film touches on the sensitive issues of national and ethnic identity in Taiwan. In 1965, Chen Yao-Chi directed the first objective Taiwanese documentary, Liu Pi-Chia. The main character, Liu Pi-Chia, was press-ganged into the Nationalist army in the 1940s in China, and came over to Taiwan with President Chiang Kai-Shek. After several decades, we unexpectedly met Liu in a village on the banks of the Mukua River. This new immigrant village consists of mainland veterans whose wives are from different ethnic groups, mostly Aborigines. Stones, the most important symbols of this film, link Liu Pi-Chia’s generation, who worked hard on the stony riverbed to reclaim land, and the new generation represented by Liu Pi-Chia’s son, whose hobby is collecting rose stones for artistic and economic purposes.