SFS Talkies: ON HAPPINESS ROAD 幸福路上
May 1, 2018 @ 6:40 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
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.
The screening will be followed by a 20-minute dialogue with Director HsinYin Sung 宋欣颖 on the making of ON HAPPINESS ROAD.
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”.