Rhapsody in Real Life

Sing It!, The Captive, and Patrasche, a Dog of Flanders, Made in Japan show us the many intricacies of life. The joys and sorrows we experience crystallize into the power to ignite a multitude of wonders and expand our horizons.

Patrasche, A Dog of Flanders, Made in Japan

An Van Dienderen, Didier Volckaer

Today this book, A Dog of Flanders is taught in Japanese high schools, it is a classic in the UK and the States and has inspired numerous films and TV series in Japan and the States. The most important of them being the Japanese animated series of 1975 that counted 52 episodes and influenced the Japanese culture intensely. Many of them can still sing the series opening song, … in Dutch! Patrasche, a Dog of Flanders – Made in Japan is a laboratory of the image. It is a prism, through which the viewer can experience how reality is and how a small book leads to a stereotyped perception.

The Captive

Chen Hsin-yi

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…

Sing It!

Shine Yang

This film documents the inspiring and spirited journey of a group of aboriginal kids who found their confidence through singing. Bukut is the principal of a primary school located in Tong-Pu, an aboriginal village in central Taiwan. With a background in sports curriculum, Bukut is the least likely candidate for directing a choir, but that is just what Bukut did: He formed a choir made up of children in the village who could not read music and who were free to switch parts at any time. They won multiple championships in national contests. Soon, Bukut and his unconventional choir faced an incredible opportunity but an even greater challenge: They were asked to record an album professionally. Not used to the rigors of recording music, the kids were soon pushed to limit, frustrated by the long days at the recording studio and with singing the same passages over and over again. How will Bukut guide these kids and help them concentrate on recording in order to lead them in achieving the dream of a community?