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Laugh for 24 Hours

“Happy”is a typical grandma in Taiwan. She brought up four children in very poor times. But her children were not thankful for her love and care from childhood. Happy was seen as a burden, and moved from one child`s home to the next one every month, just like a backpacker. One day, everything changed after Happy won the lottery. A competition of filial piety now begins...

  • Cheng-Nan LIU
  • Cheng-Nan LIU
  • Yu-Jie CHEN
  • Jia Ru LIN
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    Feature, Television
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 29 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 11, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    72,000 USD
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  • the 21st Asian Television Awards
Distribution Information
  • Public Television Service, Taiwan
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Cheng-Nan LIU

Cheng-Nan, LIU received an MFA in Film Directing from the Taipei National University of the Arts. Credits include My Transformed Family(2011), which won Best Feature at Beijing College Film Festival and nominated for the same at the Taipei Film Festival; and Fly! Mr. Kafka(2013), which won the Silver Award at Busan Film Festival. In 2015, Liu is selected by Golden Horse Film Academy, which is directed by world-renowned director HOU Hsiao-Hsien. Come home is the film, which Liu directed together with the talents all over the world. Laugh for 24hrs is his latest comedy film.

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Director Statement

Grandma “Happy”, the protagonist of the film, is a miniature of the history of the socio-economic development in Taiwan. Back in the days, due to poor economic conditions and the need for workforce in the farming villages, there was a preference for men over women. The naming of “Happy” is not only a self-consoling act from her parents, but shows a fatalistic attitude shared by the country folks towards the fact that they have given birth to girls instead of boys. Women at that time dedicated all their lives to their family and kids, hoping they would enjoy a better life than themselves. With the fast growing economy in the next generation, people in Taiwan are too much about making money and consequently overlooked their parents. The eldercare issues reflected in this film have become universal, and I want to represent them in a sarcastic and humorous way while at the same time to raise public awareness.