Movie: How Are You, Dad? / 爸, 你好嗎?

5 Jul

Sadly, I missed out on the Taiwanese Film Festival this year, and there was one film that I most regret not seeing. As a girl, it’s a given that I have a complex  relationship with my mother – being Asian just makes it so much more twisted. However, as the relationship with your mother which is defined early on in life, the relationship with your father is defined much later on, and is more difficult to put into words.

“How Are You, Dad? / 爸,你好嗎?” by Taiwanese director Tso-Chi Chang reflects and explores all that’s left unsaid in ten gentle, poignant short stories about father and child. Building on the themes of family and identity that have characterized Chang’s works, the anthology assembles a moving and realistic portrait of fatherhood, and the love, memories, and misgivings that come with the package. (via yesasia.com)

Other than the silhouette of his silent back as you walk behind him, what else can you remember about your father?

Fatherly love is perhaps one of the most difficult to express in words—genuine but distant, subtle but deep; beneath that unrelenting tough image of the father often hides an emotion warm and affectionate.

Featuring ten stories of ten fathers from all walks of life,《How Are You, Dad?》shines light on this intimate but much unmentioned love. Whether they are dangerous gangsters, poor villagers that could not afford their children’s medical expenses, or a famous celebrities with soaring careers but a broken family, they all share one common role—they are all fathers, and they all love in different ways.

At the end of the film, you may find your deepest memories resonating and converging into a single simple but genuine calling: “How are you, Dad?”

Length: 120 minutes
Director: Tso-Chi Chang
Cast:  Jack Kao, Fan Chih-Wei, Teresa Ji, Chang Chea

About Director
Tso-Chi Chang graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts  from the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan, specializing in films and drama. His script for the film《Midnight Revenge》, written in1991, won the Government Information Office’s Outstanding Screenplay Award in Taiwan. Since then, Chang’s works have been well received by film critics and shine in both domestic and international film festivals. His style of magical realism helps him to establish a unique position in Taiwan’s film industry.

Awards and Honors
2008 The 13th Pusan International Film Festival - A Window on Asian Cinema
2009 The 11th Taipei Film Festival - Closing Film

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