TPNWCP Hou Chi-Jan Series: "One Day (有一天)" 7-Day Film Screening

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10:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Virtual Event

About this event

*As part of the 2020 Taiwan Post-New Wave Cinema Project, we kindly ask that you register to view this film through Eventbrite .

Please Note: Due to licencing regulations we are required to prioritise audiences based in the UK for this film. As such, only those who have registered with a .uk email address will be provided with screening links.


Singing suffers the recurring dream of a man shouting at her, who she believes to be her father who had disappeared at sea. While working on a ferry, she also dreams of an encounter with a mysterious young soldier who tells her they will meet one day. After moving to Taipei, Singing indeed meets this young man and they fall in love. During the young man’s military service in Kinmen, he dreams of Singing. Carrying an old compass, the same as the one Singing’s father gave her, he tries to give her a warning, but can dreams avert tragedy?

As the characters’ memories are continuously reshaped by fictional narrative and reiteration, the script becomes a poetic memoir of youth, integrated with the director’s own experiences. The film retains the realist style of Taiwanese New Wave, but also gets creative with its narrative technique introducing contrasting magical elements in fine balance. The story not only jumps across time but also alternates between dream and reality in which drifting, aimless adolescence and its yearnings are captured.

Director Hou Chi-Jan

Born on 15th November 1973 in Taipei. Writer and film director. Having worked on the “Database of Taiwan Cinema” since his collage days, Hou’s works tend to be lyrical and stylish, and are often characterized by the theme of time and memory. His experimental short “Stardust 15749001” won the Grand Prix at the Taipei International Film Festival in 2003. Hou's second short “My 747” won the Grand Prix at the Hong Kong IFVA Independent Short Film & Video Award in 2006. His documentary work “Taiwan Black Movies”, presenting the cult films of the repressive age of Taiwan's 1970s, was nominated for the Golden Horse Awards and invited to many international film festivals. His first feature film “One Day” was officially selected in the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies

Contact email: ml156@soas.ac.uk

Sponsor: Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute X Taiwan Docs X Taiwan Cinema Toolkit