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Harking Back

Hong stayed in the mainland for years. At the beginning of 2020, he closed up his company and came back. He met again his daughter, Xiao-Yue, at his ex-wife’s funeral. However, Xiao-Yue couldn’t call him “dad”.
He took a job in a company that his friend introduced him but had a car accident.
Xiao-Yue didn’t have a choice but to take care of him. Whenever they were about to open up to each other, Hong would say something against Taiwan and screw everything up. Xiao-Yue would madly shout at him, “Go back to the mainland once you recover!”
However, under the pandemic, Hong didn’t know where else to go. In perplexity, he heard the hoofbeats. The horse turned back to look at him under the moon...

  • Akira Hsueh
  • Akira Hsueh
  • Mark Chen
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    1 hour 18 minutes
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    December 19, 2021
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Director Biography - Akira Hsueh

Graduated from Fu-Hsin Trade & Arts School, he currently works as a director of films and commercials and the senior creative director of an advertising agency, focusing on the issues of social realism and politics.

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Director Statement

The state of the businessmen who went to the mainland from Taiwan in the 1990s was special and abnormal. However, the adventurous small enterprises made our economy prosper.

I remember that in 1996, I moved along the Kowloon-Canton Railway at the speed of 120km/h. During the two-hour trip, for an hour I saw endless factories manufacturing lathes, buttons, toys, ironware, food... all of whose owners were from Taiwan. I was wondering how many people in them had left home for their dreams to struggle for life and been separated from their family.
The film includes many stories of my friends. Compared to the cruel wars, these are nothing but personal sufferings. But during the conflicts of both sides of the Strait, these businessmen are always floating, like duckweed.

The story doesn’t give us an answer, but I want to give those friends a hug, especially during the pandemic.