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dir. HsinYin Sung 宋欣颖
2017 | Taiwan | Animation | In Chinese with English subtitles | 108 min | PG

 

Chi grew up on Happiness Road in Taiwan but was always living in awe of the USA, everything she knew about the country excited her; the chocolate, the cartoons. Chi was taught that the only way to earn happiness is to study hard so she could move to the USA. Chi took this to heart and eventually her dreams became reality when she got the opportunity to move to the USA, where she met her husband and settled down. However, Chi’s dream move didn’t turn out the way she hoped it would, she’s become lost in her seemingly happy life. On a trip home for her grandmother’s funeral Chi stumbles into classmates and friends from years gone by, she begins to feel nostalgic about her childhood and starts to question her own supposed happiness. As Chi starts to redefine her own happiness with a trip down memory lane she begins to contemplate the meaning of “life” and “home”.

ON HAPPINESS ROAD was selected as the closing film at the 54th Golden Horse Awards last November, and recently won the Grand Prize in the feature film category at the Tokyo Anime Awards Festival.

小琪一路努力求學、赴美工作,卻在看似幸福的生活裡感到迷失。為了參加祖母喪禮,她回到台灣重返「幸福路」上的故居,成長回憶湧現的同時,小琪也重新思考人生與家的意義。但幸福是什麼?小琪能夠找到屬於她的幸福嗎?

 

 

POST-SCREENING DIALOGUE

The screening will be followed by a 20-minute dialogue with Director HsinYin Sung 宋欣颖 on the making of ON HAPPINESS ROAD.

Director’s Bio

HsinYin was born in Taipei. She studied Film Theory in Kyoto University, later graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a Master’s Degree in Film. Before becoming a filmmaker, HsinYin was a journalist, writer, store clerk at Kyoto karaoke and photographer. As a filmmaker, HsinYin is interested in using different film genres to explore universal relationships among people. She has a particular interest in finding the pace of a film through editing, like composing a piece of music. Her live action shorts such as “The Red Shoes”, “Single Waltz” have been screened at numerous international film festivals. Her first directing animation short won The Best Animation Award at 2013 Taipei Film Festival. “On Happiness Road” is her first animation feature, and she is also working on her first live action feature “Love is a bitch”.

畢業於台大政治系,曾於日本京都大學進修電影理論,後在美國芝加哥藝術學院取得電影碩士,主修編導。碩士畢業後,於2010年回到台灣,開始電影創作並擔任多部紀錄片如《正面迎擊》剪接指導。2013年創作動畫短片《幸福路上》獲得台北電影節、高雄電影節最佳觀眾票選獎等多項肯定,並入圍多項國際影展。同年,以《幸福路上》長片企劃獲頒金馬創投百萬首獎及文化部國產電影長片輔導金。《幸福路上》為其首部電影長片,目前也仍在籌備劇情長片《她的人生路》。

 

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