Ahma & Alan

Ahma & Alan is a comedic/dramatic short film about a Taiwanese grandma (ahma) that has to travel from a rural town in central Taiwan to the capital city of Taipei in the north to pull Alan, her American-born grandson, out of jail before he gets deported by a vindictive police officer.

  • James Y. Shih
    Director
  • James Y. Shih
    Writer
  • Cara Chiu
    Executive Producer
  • Richard Sue
    Director of Photography
  • Su-Jean Chiang
    Producer
  • Cin-Yee Shih
    Producer
  • Betty Chung
    Producer
  • Gregory Yuan
    Key Cast
    "Alan Lin"
  • Mei-Hou Wu
    Key Cast
    "Grandma Lin"
  • Officer Bei
    Key Cast
    "Akio Chen"
  • Yu Chi Tai
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Chia Chen Fan
    2nd Assistant Camera
  • Tan Chi Liang
    Chief Lighting Technician
  • Hsiao Hung Yi
    Gaffer
  • Joy Chung
    Gaffer
  • Skyler Chen
    Production Designer
  • Roderick Tseng
    Art Director
  • Zhang Qin
    Sound Mixer
  • Anny Roan
    Hair & Make Up Artist
  • Jimmy Wu
    1st Assistant Director
  • Ting Yun Wang
    Script Supervisor
  • Roger Suen
    Music Composer
  • Jerry Kao
    Editor
  • Grandma Lin Lian-Jiao
    Associate Producer
  • Lin Ya Shih
    Associate Producer
  • Lin Qiang Shih
    Associate Producer
  • Jui-kai Chiang
    Associate Producer
  • Sam Hsieh
    Associate Producer
  • Darren Kwan
    Associate Producer
  • Daniel Wang
    Associate Producer
  • Jonathan Chao
    Associate Producer
  • David Chiu
    Key Production Assistant
  • Zhou Shi Hao
    Boom Operator
  • He Po Hsun
    Location Manager
  • Jia-Li Chen
    Sound Designer
  • Anita Liao
    Supporting Cast
  • Bai Yu Lu
    Supporting Cast
  • Guan Yun Lu
    Supporting Cast
  • Yun Xi Lin
    Supporting Cast
  • Ji Ying Lin
    Supporting Cast
  • Jing Tong Cao
    Supporting Cast
  • Kai Che Chang
    Supporting Cast
  • James Wang
    Supporting Cast
  • David Chiu
    Supporting Cast
  • Helen Jackson
    Supporting Cast
  • Resshi
    Supporting Cast
  • Ji Gao Wu
    Supporting Cast
  • Mair Chiu
    Supporting Cast
  • Alex Yeaw
    Supporting Cast
  • Anny Roan
    Supporting Cast
  • Shawn Huang
    Driver
  • C.C. Fu
    Electricians
  • Zeng Yi Zong
    Electricians
  • Yan Ning Fang
    Hair & Make Up Assistant
  • Nguyen Nam
    Still Photographer
  • Anson Wong
    Casting Agent
  • Gordon Greer
    Assistant Editing (US Team)
  • Tatsuya Kuranishi
    Assistant Editing (US Team)
  • Ting-Yu Hsieh
    Marketing Translators
  • Man Ning Hsu
    Marketing Translators
  • Tiffany Chang
    Marketing Translators
  • Man Ning Hsu
    Chinese Subtitler
  • Ivy Chu
    Script Translators and Editors
  • Muhsi Hung
    Script Translators and Editors
  • Man Ning Hsu
    Script Translators and Editors
  • Ting-Yu Hsieh
    Script Translators and Editors
  • Ting-Yu Hsieh
    Chinese Subtitle Editor
  • Ryoko Maeda
    Japanese Subtitler
  • Asumi Sato
    Japanese Subtitle Editor
  • Sujin Kim
    Korean Subtitler
  • Kathleen Y. Choi
    Korean Subtitler
  • Yoori Kwak
    Korean Subtitle Editor
  • Penny Pin-Jung Chen
    Taiwanese Dialect Coach
  • Kun-Huang Lin
    Post Production Supervisor
  • Aaron Estrada
    Kickstarter Marketing Consultant
  • Ivy Chen
    Post Coordinators
  • James Tai
    Post Coordinators
  • Juan-Ning Kuo
    Digital Colorist
  • Shu-Hui Yu
    Digital Colorist Assistant
  • Jerry Kao
    Subtitling
  • Bo Wei Wu
    Subtitling
  • Pong Pui Sum
    Subtitling
  • Jerry Kao
    Digital Cinema Package Deliverables
  • Bo Wei Wu
    Digital Cinema Package Deliverables
  • Pong Pui Sum
    Digital Cinema Package Deliverables
  • Sheng-Wen Yan
    Dialogue Editors
  • Hogan Chu
    Dialogue Editors
  • Hogan Chu
    ADR Editor
  • Sheng-Wen Yan
    Sound Effects Editors
  • Hogan Chu
    Sound Effects Editors
  • Hogan Chu
    Foley Editor
  • Jia-Shen yang
    Foley Artist
  • Skot Suyama
    Ending Song "Grandma" - Producer
  • Jasmine Ting
    Ending Song "Grandma" - Writer, Composer, Performer
  • New Taipei City Government Police Department
    Special Thanks for Location
  • New Taipei City Government Police Department, Ruifang Precinct
    Special Thanks for Location
  • New Taipei City Government
    Special Thanks for Location
  • New Taipei City Government Cultural Affairs Department
    Special Thanks for Location
  • New Taipei City Film Assist and Development Center
    Special Thanks for Location
  • Taiwan ibus
    Special Thanks for Location
  • Sheng-Der Children's Day Care Center
    Special Thanks for Location
  • Brick Yard 33 1/3
    Special Thanks for Location
  • Central Motion Picture Corporation
    In Association With
  • OUTLAND Film Production
    In Association With
  • Civilized Hall Cinema Co.
    In Association With
  • Grandma Zhan Shang
    Special Thanks
  • Grandma Cao Chen Xiu
    Special Thanks
  • Choon-Jiaw Shih
    Special Thanks
  • Lin Feng Shih
    Special Thanks
  • Calvin Shih
    Special Thanks
  • Ceng Yan Ming
    Special Thanks
  • Joyce Jeng
    Special Thanks
  • John Jeng
    Special Thanks
  • Ho Chie Tsai
    Special Thanks
  • George Lien
    Special Thanks
  • Jy-Ah Min
    Special Thanks
  • Vanessa Lin
    Special Thanks
  • Wen Jie
    Special Thanks
  • Chuan Feng Shih
    Special Thanks
  • Dan Nguyen
    Special Thanks
  • Po Li
    Special Thanks
  • Emma Chou
    Special Thanks
  • Seng Chen
    Special Thanks
  • Lapis Tiger
    Special Thanks
  • Julia Tsai
    Special Thanks
  • Nichol Simmons
    Special Thanks
  • Byron Qiao
    Special Thanks
  • Ashley Roque
    Special Thanks
  • Leland Mitchell Tong
    Special Thanks
  • Jennifer Phang
    Special Thanks
  • Nick Louie
    Special Thanks
  • Anita Chang
    Special Thanks
  • James Lo
    Special Thanks
  • Von Bondoc
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  • Jayden Yen
    Special Thanks
  • Daniel Yin
    Special Thanks
  • Robert Chang
    Special Thanks
  • James Feng
    Special Thanks
  • Michael Geier
    Special Thanks
  • Dean Yamada
    Special Thanks
  • Norbert Shieh
    Special Thanks
  • Jeff Man
    Special Thanks
  • Alle Hsu
    Special Thanks
  • Mengqing Yuan
    Special Thanks
  • Jules YC Wang
    Special Thanks
  • Feng-I Fiona Roan
    Special Thanks
  • David Lin
    Special Thanks
  • Valerie Soe
    Special Thanks
  • Kyle Yang
    Special Thanks
  • Ami Watanabe
    Special Thanks
  • Sugar Fix Cafe
    Special Thanks
  • Dunkin' Donuts Northridge
    Special Thanks
  • Barclays Coffee & Tea
    Special Thanks
  • AMcreative
    Special Thanks
  • Stephanie SW Chen
    Special Thanks
  • Lise Swenson
    Special Thanks
  • Haruka Hirano
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  • Alex Han
    Special Thanks
  • Chun-Ji Shih
    Kickstarter Backers Special Thanks
  • Chun Tse Shih
    Kickstarter Backers Special Thanks
  • Eric Shih
    Kickstarter Backers Special Thanks
  • Andy Shih
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  • Ingrid Shih
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  • Tessie Shih
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  • Iris Shih
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  • Meei-Jyh Jiang
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  • Tina Chiang
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  • Thomas Chiang
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  • Norbert Yuan
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  • Kenneth Yuan
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  • Adrian Sangalang
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  • Mikela Zirkel
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  • Christina Chung
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  • Jessica Lee
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  • Winson Duong
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  • Matt Maybeno
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  • John Yee
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  • Qi Luo
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  • George Q. Nguyen
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  • Raymond H. Ou
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  • Albert Lim
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  • Derrick Hsu
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  • Jean Hsu
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  • Carol Tuong
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  • Steve Nguyen
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  • George Chien
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  • Nani Ratnawati
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  • Kelvin Yen
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  • Tsao Yi-Cheng
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  • Shirley Yu
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  • John Hsu
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  • Chen-Kang Lo
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  • Wei Bai
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  • Yush Lee
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  • Chris Wong
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  • Jenny YiLong Lin
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  • Kathleen Choi
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  • Nate Byrne
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  • Kevin Dan
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  • Tony Huo
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  • Geoff Oki
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  • Julie Hsueh
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  • Albert Wang
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  • Ava Huang
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  • Sally Kuo
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  • Menglee Guy
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  • Simone Forti
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  • Bruce Shapiro
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  • Damian Gill
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  • Katherine Hsieh
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  • Michael Liu
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  • Karen Loong
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  • Yufen Lin
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  • Shane Lai
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  • Vera Yang
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  • Sunny Shiao
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  • Anonymoose D
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  • TaiwaneseAmerican.org
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  • Project Title (Original Language):
    阿嬤與阿倫
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 5, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    34,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - James Y. Shih

James Y. Shih is the son of Taiwanese immigrants and grew up in Milpitas, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area. James has studied at UC San Diego (Economics B.A., Theatre minor), De Anza College and City College of San Francisco (Film Production), National Taiwan Normal University (Mandarin), and at Cal State Northridge where he received his MFA in Screenwriting.

James is the producer of acclaimed feature films “Fight Life” (2012) the MMA documentary and the Sundance award winning sci-fi film “Advantageous” (2015) currently on Neftlix. James is passionate about filmmaking and telling personal, Asian American stories such as “Ahma & Alan" which he wrote and directed.

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Director Statement

My parents are Taiwanese immigrants that moved to the U.S. seeking a more stable life. When I was born, my grandparents traveled from Taiwan to California to help raise me. Though we didn’t speak the same language, my grandparents actions taught me inner strength, courage and kindness. Their love compels me to make this film.

After my Grandpa passed and I graduated from college, I moved to Taiwan to reconnect with my roots. While living in Taipei, I was almost deported for allegedly teaching English illegally. My Grandma came to the police station with me and fought for my innocence. She said, “My grandson doesn’t need to teach illegally. I can take care of him!” Seeing such courage come from a small, elderly woman was incredibly inspiring and I want to share her story.

I hope this film reminds older audiences of their own strength and for younger generations to learn from their elders’ wisdom. It also tackles identity issues many American born Taiwanese face: Are you Taiwanese or American? Though “Ahma & Alan” shows the generational and cultural gaps between Taiwanese and Taiwanese-Americans, the heart of the story is a family tie and love that connects across time and nationality.

Even if a loved one is no longer with us, their memory, their lessons, the way they made us feel, still lives on with us.