Way Back Home

The brother and sister live far from the school located in Taipei. Their mother picks them up every day, so they never went back home by themselves before. One afternoon, they waited for their mother as usual. After a long waiting, their mother still didn’t appear, and her phone was not answered. The brother decided to go back home with his younger sister.

  • Cheng Tang-Jung
    Director
    Chinese Taipei and Spring's Lifetimes
  • Cheng Tang-Jung
    Writer
    Chinese Taipei and Spring's Lifetimes
  • Wu Hsiu-Ching
    Producer
  • Chiu Ding-Hao
    Producer
  • Xie Fei
    Key Cast
  • Ding Yu-Xuan
    Key Cast
  • Wang Hsin-Hua
    Composer
  • Su Xiang
    Production Designer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    回家的路
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    4,782 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:
    Yes
  • Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards 2017
    Taichung
    Taiwan
    December 11, 2017
    Winner of WOFFF Grand Award of Jury Board. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Xie Fei)
  • Chennai International Short Film Festival 2017
    Chennai
    India
    February 19, 2017
    Indian Premiere
    2nd Best Short Film Award
  • MOD Microfilm and Golden Short Film Contest
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    November 18, 2016
    Competition
  • Figueira Film Art - Festival de Cinema da Figueira da Foz 2016
    Figueira da Foz
    Portugal
    September 4, 2016
    European Premiere (Original 20 minutes version)
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Cheng Tang-Jung

Cheng Tang-Jung was born in 1991. He was graduated from Shih Hsin University, and educating at the National Taiwan Academy of the Arts for an MFA degree on Film. Cheng has been written and directed numerous short films during his career. He is also a screenwriter. In 2015, His historical period drama film script "Spring's Lifetimes" nominated for Excellent Screenplay Award in Taiwan.

His short film "Way Back Home" won the WOFFF Grand Award of Jury Board in 2nd Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards , Taichung and Second Best Short Film Award in 4th Chennai International Short Film Festival 2017, India. This film also entered into Festival de Cinema da Figueira da Foz in Portugal, and MOD Microfilm Short Film Contest in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Director Statement

I always want to make a children movie. This script inspired by my childhood memories.

When I was a child, school is far from my home. My parents always picks me up after school every day. But one afternoon, my parents didn't appear. Thankfully, I have good sense of direction. So I went back home by myself. At the end, my parents scolded me for it.

In modern-days Taipei, What will children do if their parents forget to pick them up? That's what I think about.