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Forever Love 阿嬤的夢中情人 - Film Screening

A screening and discussion with director Kitamura Toyoharu

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
YRL Conference Room 11360
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Movie synopsis:

The 1960s was a golden age for Taiwanese films. Qi-sheng Liu tells his granddaughter Xiao-jie ”I was the most famous screenwriter at that time!” However, Xiao-jie does not believe that Taiwanese films used to be popular and doubts the story told by her grandfather. Xiao-jie’s grandmother has amnesia and confuses reality with dreams. She thought she was the wife of Bao-long Wan, who was a Taiwanese film star at that time. Only when her grandfather tells Xiao-jie a love story that happened at that time does Xiao-jie finally understood that reason why her grandmother could not forget Bao-long Wan.

Directors’ Statement:

Every day, we all wonder what our next step in life might be.

In 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the Moon and when Niels Armstrong first walked on its ground he said: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." At that time, we were not even born yet but thinking about it, we realize that people then didn't own a lot of things, but they had a great imagination and unlimited hope regarding the future. So, step-by-step, with hope and imagination, they fulfilled their dreams, leading to what we are today.

When we realize that during that same period, Taiwan was like a dream factory where about 120 black and white films in Taiwanese language were produced in a year, this could only stiulate today's generation. Taiwanese filmmakers from that period have been able to describe how their ancestors have had the courage to cross oceans in order to live adventures on unknown territories. They managed to create black and white movies full of fantacy. In today's society, do we still remember this simplicity and creativity?

We wish to recreate this period through this movie. Step-by-step, we want to resume tellinhg those joyful or sad souvenirs, these love and friendship stories full of dreams and hope, stories that people of that time didn't have the time to finish. With the help of these kind and touching people we met, we want to transmit the passion of that time to today's people and ragain trust and support that make the public cries and laugh. It might be one small step for us, but this is a giant leap to bring magnificent souvenirs back.

Toyoharu Kitamura arrived in Taiwan from Japan in 1997 and in order to study Chinese, and he spent a lot of time watching Taiwanese films. He realized that most of those films didn’t have a large budget but could touch people’s heart. In 1999, he entered Taiwan National University of Arts’ film department, and even when a lot of people thought Taiwanese movie industry was not going anywhere, he kept his enthusiasm. When thinking about the past, Toyoharu confesses that his youth was full of excessive condifence and that on the path of success, there were a lot of obstacles. At the very beginning, Toyoharu didn’t mean to become a film director. He tried acting, interpretation and advertising. It was after his experience on Cape No. 7 production as an actor that he felt director Wei Te Sheng’s passion for filmmaking as well as his desire for it, and decided to go in that direction. 16 years ago when he first arrived in Taiwan, Toyoharu didn’t know that he would marry a Taiwanese woman and have a child, settle in Taiwan, and even have his parents move over. Today for people who know him, he is a Taiwanese with a Japanese name.

Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies

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