The Long Goodbye

One cold morning, a homeless man named Xiongqing is found dead, lying next to his packed belongings.

No ID is found on him nor in his suitcase. There are only a bunch of books, clothes and several Christmas cards with no envelopes. The social workers call the number on the cards signed under the name “Yucheng.”

Happily married and now residing in the U.S., Yucheng answers the call from Taiwan and learns about Xiongqing’s death. Shocked and devastated, Yucheng tells his wife that his best friend has passed away and he must return to Taiwan to take care of his funeral.

Not being an immediate family member, Yucheng finds himself unable to handle the funeral arrangements for Xiongqing. To bury his friend properly, he embarks on a journey to deal with a past that he has shut away for years, and finally brings closure to those memories.

  • HSU Li-Da
    Director
  • HSU Li-Da
    Writer
  • TANG Tsai-Yang
    Producer
  • LIN Tian-Guei
    Producer
  • Christopher LEE
    Key Cast
  • Annie CHEN
    Key Cast
  • YU Pei-Hua
    Executive Producer
  • CHEN Ko-Chin
    Cinematographer
  • CHEN Jhih-Syuan
    Gaffer
  • HUNG Tsung-Ming
    Art Director
  • LIN Zheng-Hong
    Editor
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    告別
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Television
  • Genres:
    LGBT, Road movie, Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 26 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 20, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    83,100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Taiwan
  • Country of Filming:
    Taiwan
  • Language:
    Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Golden Harvest Film Festival
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    March 26, 2017
    Closing Film
Distribution Information
  • Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation
    Country: Taiwan
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - HSU Li-Da

Li-Da Hsu was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and acquired his MFA in Film at Taipei University of the Arts. His first professional short film, “True School”, won several awards including The Best Asia Student Film at ISFVF.

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Director Statement

Yucheng’s journey in this film is about the process of dealing with one’s nostalgia and coming home. It can also be considered a journey of redemption, an act of atonement for his guilt of getting way from his roots. As far as I’m concerned, the most essential element of one’s “home” is not its local conditions or customs; it is the people—people with whom you have genuine emotional connection. A place where your loved ones are is where you call “home.”