Taiwan Film Festival

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

How High Is the Mountain


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HOW HIGH IS THE MOUNTAIN
山有多高

Directed by Tang Hsiang-chu
導演 湯湘竹
(2002)

What do family and fatherhood mean in contemporary Taiwan? How do Mainland refugees relate to the families they left behind when they fled to Taiwan in the late-1940s? The director uses his own family to explore the answers to these questions. He not only explores his search for his father's past, but also examines his own recent experience of becoming a father himself. The director and his father return to China to meet relatives and reestablish long-broken ties of kinship through family gatherings, folk rituals and religious ceremonies, and through conversations with family members, teachers, and old friends.

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