Pan Zhog

'Pan Zhog' means out door banquet in Hakka, it is the period mark for every death, wedding or celebration in town. Blurring the line of fiction and non-fiction, ‘Pan Zhog’ is a sentimental short film about saying goodbye. Mori-so & Gim were neighbors, friends and partners of banquet catering for decades. One day Mori-so got a mid-night phone call sending the message of her best friend's death. The end of life suddenly approached so near. Daily life seemed revolving as usual afterwards yet Mori-so was well aware of the missing one. Mori-so decide to cater a supper for Gim and her families to say goodbye in the way Mori-so and Gim both familiar with.

  • Hsin-Wei Chen
  • Hsin-Wei Chen
  • Pei-An Chao
  • Yang-E Yang
    Key Cast
  • Chu-Hua Fan
    Key Cast
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    Elders, Hakka, Narrative, Food, religion
  • Runtime:
    32 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 30, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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  • Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival
    Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    September 18, 2015
    World Premiere
  • Woman Up independent Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    North America Premiere
  • Big Muddy Film Festival
    Illinois, United States
    February 24, 2016
    Chicago Premiere
  • Mica International Film Festival
    Manaus, Brazil
  • Silk Road Film Festival
    Dublin, Ireland
    March 12, 2016
    Ireland Premiere
  • Florida Movie Festival
    Florida, United States
    Finalist Loose Shorts (20-59 Min)
  • Golden Harvest Awards & Short Film Festival
    Taipei, Taiwan
    March 20, 2016
    Grand Prize of General Slate, Best Art Director of General Slate
  • Un*Dependence Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    April 29, 2016
    Scottland Premiere
    MMBF Raising Star Award
  • Urban Nomad Film Fest
    May 22, 2016
  • Seoul International Women’s Film Festival
    Korea, Republic of
    June 5, 2016
    Korea Premiere
  • Women Make Waves Film Festival Taiwan
    October 15, 2016
    Special Jury Award
  • Windsor Independent Film Festival
    United States
Director Biography - Hsin-Wei Chen

Y-Gener, but always gets ID checked. A native from Hsin-Chu,where traditional Hakka culture collides with Taiwan's Silicon Valley. She's a scriptwriter, a documentary film maker, a director, photographer, and post-producer, as well as 2D motion graphic artist. Recently confessed that her interests may be a bit too broad, yet then again, this is why life is interesting. To her, the process of discovering the underlying cause and collecting items that seem redundant is fun.

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Director Statement

We can see how food to be connected closely with human beings in history. The smells of food can arouse the deepest desire of people. There are all kinds of regulation, restriction between food and ritual in mostly every religious faith. The way people eat even marked them to a larger ethnic community. Language as a tool for group living community to approach meanings, demonstrate consciousness, it is definitely political and empowered with authority, identity awareness, and the sense of existence. Our lives constructed in space, and memories were hidden in every corner of public and private spheres. Short film "Pan Zhog" tells a story of two Hakka females who are friends and worked as chefs of outdoor banquets for several decades. After one passed away suddenly, how people adapts the rest of life without her best company? Food, ritual, language and space, "Pan Zhog" combined the diverse issues mentioned above into a story to represent the look of daily life amongst the local area. "Pan Zhog" represented my childhood memories of how my grandmother worked in the bustling atmosphere of outdoor banquets. Set up location shootings in Qionglin Township, "Pan Zhog" gathered contemporary points, Hakka village and elderly female as its background. The combination of repetitious, routine of food and ritual is the approach to local culture. Through the grief triggered by death, "Pan Zhog" attempted to witness how people managed to make the adieu between the repetitions of ritual.