監製:Fong Hiu Shan

Taiwan Stories II



Sanxia District of New Taipei, an old town steeped in history and culture meets a new town with modern urban planning. Under the influence of an urban-rural gap, its development underlines a lack of social support for the disadvantaged.


12 - 01
2019 - 2020
  • Nurturing Little Dreams

    Nurturing Little Dreams

    Sanxia District of New Taipei, an old town steeped in history and culture meets a new town with modern urban planning. Under the influence of an urban-rural gap, its development underlines a lack of social support for the disadvantaged.

  • Last Wish from Above

    Last Wish from Above

    After the release of the Taiwanese documentary "Beyond Beauty - Taiwan from Above”, Taiwan people paid more attention to local environmental issues. The film not only set a new record for Taiwan's documentary box office, but also awarded with Best Documentary Film at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards. Director Chi Po-lin became the first person who documented Taiwan with aerial photography in such a high altitude. Unfortunately, this star of tomorrow died in a helicopter crash two days after he began shooting "Beyond Beauty - Taiwan from Above II”. The whole Taiwan shocked.

    “The burden of being a ‘hero’ is too heavy and is unreachable for many people. So I hope that everyone will regard him as a very passionate person who strived for his dream. Only then will there be more passionate people who are willing to follow his footsteps and make Taiwan better.” Chi Po-lin’s son said.

    Chi Po-lin has passed away for more than a year. Has the environment in Taiwan been improved because of his film? Can his passion be passed down?

    Producer: Leung Hei-man
    Executive Producer: Fong Hiu-shan

  • Tai Quixote

    Tai Quixote

    "Without fairy tales, the world would not be real."

    This is a story about the Taiwanese Don Quixote.

    "First mile Kid's Smile" is a public art project founded by a group of top Taiwanese art workers. The aim is to bring the top theater from Taipei to children from the entire 368 districts of Taiwan. Admissions of the shows are free of charge.

    It is a very big project. Giant outdoor stages need to be set up; actors and materials need to be transported from Taipei. To remain art in its pure form, the project accepts no funding from the government or political parties. All money comes from public donations only.

    The concept and hard works moves private enterprises, celebrities and citizens to donate; actors and production crews volunteer to participate. They all want to be "Tai Quixote" and make contributions to their people and land.

    This documentary is a record of Taiwan citizens go hand-in-hand to fight for a better world.

    It is also a fairy tale that comes true.

  • Uncle A with his dream pick up van

    Uncle A with his dream pick up van

    Alex Liu (Uncle A), a farm owner in Taiwan. He ran his own farm for more than 20 years. He decided to lease out his farm several years ago because of the rapid raise of the real-estate business. Cleaning and driving his wagon all over Taiwan are the only way to kill his timeafter he leased out his farm.

    Uncle A became a driver suddenly because he wanted to meet more people and show them how Taiwan can be. And He held the Eco Tour for children together with a local insect store by chance. Uncle A shares all his experiences about the nature to the children in the Eco Tour in order to let the children know more about protecting and saving the environment.

    Uncle A’s wife and his family members showed their respect and support to Uncle A when he transformed from a farm owner to an Eco Tour guide. That’s what Uncle A really wants for his life.

  • Hakka Singer Take Their Stand

    Hakka Singer Take Their Stand

    Taiwan’s music scene consists not just songs in the familiar Mandarin and Taiwanese languages, but Hakka as well. Like other small ethnic tribes in the face of globalisation, Hakka people’s identity and culture can be easily eroded by the mainstream group. To preserve their own culture, they will have to protect their cultural carrier – language.

    Golden Horse award winner Lin Sheng Xiang has chronicled the Hakka way of life through his music, advocating their rights and interests and awakening the recognition of their identity. What challenges did he encounter in the social movement?

    Lai Yu Chiao had always felt alienated from the Hakka culture, but because of music, she began to learn and re-immerse herself in the language. Hakka brought a subtle change in her distant relationship with her father, drawing them closer together than ever before Two Hakkas from different generations took root in a pluralistic society through their music, giving voice to their own language and culture.

    With the motherland setting the tone of Hong Kong in recent years, what can Hongkongers- born and bred and deeply rooted in a Cantonese speaking environment learn and reflect on the singers’ stories?

  • The Canoe of Lanyu

    The Canoe of Lanyu

    Lanyu is the farthest island from Taiwan island, where the Taiwan government stored their Nuke waste. The indigenous “Tao” on island conserved the beautiful coastal landscape and ocean cultural, passed it by generations throughout thousands years. However, the rapidly developing tourism sector and the arriving of the corporate groups has been changing the livelihood and practice on their heritage and landscape in the recent decades. There are some Taos, already realized the risk of losing their own heritage, and were tackling the difficulties with their own efforts- relearning their culture, their identity and their island.

  • My Railway Memory

    My Railway Memory

    Railway marks a place being industrialized, heralding the people’s memory track after track. As time passes and wheels turn, the once-iconic steam trains been retired and replaced by high-speed trains. As the steam disappear, the stories and memories once carried by the steam trains too fade away in our society.

    Yue-yi Guo, a 83 years old steam train conductor and engineer, dedicates his retirement life to sharing his mastery of train driving and educating new generations. As the only one with the expertise on driving steam trains, Guo refuses to let the memories of the legendary steam trains vaporize by organizing a steam train re-running programme every year to pass on the spirit of the culture and with it, the collective memory of the Taiwanese.

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