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All Qin De-can wants is strike it rich. He tries his best to sweet-talk and bribe the police, and hopes the weighing of sugarcane to go smoothly. But the Sugar Company rigs the scale to cheat the farmers, and the police come to arrest people. Fortunately with someone’s help, the Qins survive the incident. Qin De-can decides to keep his feet on the ground and seek for an ordinary and simple life. However, when everything seems all right, something evil is imminent...
The poster was inspired by one of the famous novels, “The Steelyard”, by Lai He, the father of Taiwanese New Literature. During the Japanese Occupied Period, the government squeezed money from our farmers with sugarcane mostly. Thus, sugarcane is used here in the place of a steelyard, with a wood chopper at one end and a fountain pen at the other. The wood chopper represents the farmers while the fountain pen represents the intellectuals. With these, we’re telling a story about the conflicts of consciousness and the differences in values of the farmers and intellectuals in Taiwan in order to survive when they were stuck in the colonial system.

  • Lin Hong-jie
  • Chen,Nan-hong
  • Chen,Nan-hong
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    3 minutes
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    April 8, 2019
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    10,000 USD
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Director Biography - Lin Hong-jie

The director Lin Hong-jie is good at showing the dramatic rhythm with the movement of the camera. His unique style can be seen in most of his works. He was nominated Best Director of the Golden Bell Awards with “Detective Story A.S.T.” in 2006 and “Ba Ji Teenagers” in 2016.

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Director Statement

In 1920s, during the Japanese Occupied Period, Lai He, the father of Taiwanese New Literature, recorded the lives of people in Taiwan with his conscience and courage as a writer. The TV drama is adapted from five short novels of Lai He’s writings to do him honor and make the audience re-examine how they survive in the contemporary society. For as short as one’s life is, what way of life does one choose to survive?