SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Film Screenings: (1) Let It Be 無米樂 (2) Hand In Hand 牽阮的手 with Q&A with Directors Juang Yi-tseng 莊益增 and Yen Lan-chuan 顏蘭權

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Yen Lan-chuan and Juang Yi-tseng
Speakers: Directors Yen Lan-chuan 顏蘭權 and Juang Yi-tseng 莊益增

Date: 11 February 2015Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 11 February 2015Time: 10:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Film

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.

Screening Schedule:

14:00 - 16:00 Let It Be 無米樂

16:00 - 17:30 Coffee Break (with Coffee/Tea and Biscuits)

17:30 - 20:00 Hand In Hand 牽阮的手

20:00 - 21:00 Q&A with Directors Yen Lan-chuan 顏蘭權 & Juang Yi-tseng 莊益增

21:00 - 22:00 Reception

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QandA with Directors Juang Yi-tseng 莊益增 and Yen Lan-chuan 顏蘭權

 

Let It Be 

Synopsis

A documentary focusing on the everyday life and daily toil of three elderly rice farmers in the heart of Taiwan’s rice-producing countryside. It is an inspiring film which explores man’s relationship with the land. Even though the WTO has affected the farmers’ livelihood, their fortitude and humanity against hardship remains.

Let It Be
Let It Be
Let It Be Trailer

 

Hand In Hand

Synopsis

What could the tough-looking Mrs. Tian fall prey to? You’ll never guess. Not the Martial Law, but love!

This is an unusual love story. In the conservative 50s, Ms. Tian Meng-shu (now Mrs. Tian), while studying in senior high, fell in love with Dr. Tian Chau-ming, who was 16 years older than her. Tian Meng-shu’s father was furious, so he did whatever he could to break them up, including even threatening to kill Tian Chau-ming. However, the determined Tian Meng-shu, who just graduated from high school, had made up her mind to run away with Dr. Tian and never came back. From then on, she has always been with him for her entire life.

“Runaway” isn’t a big deal in today’s society. But back in the conservative old days, it did take tremendous courage.

The story isn’t only passion between two lovers. In fact, it’s a lifelong promise. With Mrs. Tian’s care and company, Dr. Tian, who is now confined to bed and unable to speak because of stroke, can still feel her emotions through her conversation to him.

Dr. Tian is Mrs. Tian’s only lover as well as her mentor. Having received modern education in Tokyo, Dr. Tian’s mind is filled with rebellious thoughts. He strongly opposes the all-out issuing of ID cards only for the sheer convenience that the government wants to control the people. He is devoted to the cause of human rights, trying to save political prisoners in spite of danger. He is also the doctor of Li Wan-jiu and Kuo Yu-shin, both are forerunners of democratic movement in Taiwan. What makes Dr. Tian regret for his whole life, however, is that the KMT never puts him in jail. “I wasn’t put in jail, because I hadn’t done enough for democrary.” says Dr. Tian.

This documentary deals with the history in the post-war 60s. The love story between Dr. Tian and Ms. Tian Meng-shu is the theme. It starts with their romance, and describes how passionately Mrs. Tian takes care of her husband without any complaint, despite the fact that he is confined to bed because of stroke. This film is a symphony of life’s bitterness, sweetness, difficulty, and simplicity. We attempt to present how the epoch influences humble people, and how humble people keep their faith and love.

Han In Hand
Hand In Hand
Hand In Hand Trailer

 

About the Directors: Yen Lan-chuan 顏蘭權 & Juang Yi-tseng 莊益增

Volunteers of Taiwan’s documentary movies. They have been filming documentaries since 921 Earthquake in 1999. They have gone through a lot, so they look older than they actually are. They havebeen feeling tired, but they never complain. They have been dreaming of retirement, but their wishes have never come true. All these years, they have learned to comfort themselves by using their good friend, Keng Da-wei’s words, “To live means to move!” Yen and Juang are known for their award-winning documentaries “Let It Be” and “Hand In Hand”.

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

Contact email: bc18@soas.ac.uk