Father to Son & The Bold, the Corrupted, the Beautiful on their way to IFFR
Father to Son & The Bold, the Corrupted, the Beautiful on their way to IFFR - Taipei Film Commission
The annual International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) already began. Two films from Taiwan, Father to Son and The Bold, the Corrupted, the Beautiful are on their way to the Netherlands for the glory of the country. On the eve of the departure, the directors of the two films, Hsiao Ya-chuan and Yang Ya-che, held a special press conference to share ideas with the media. Grossing more than NT$87 million and winning the Best Feature Film Award in the Golden Horse Film Festival, The Bold, the Corrupted, the Beautiful will have its European premiere in Rotterdam. And Father to Son will have its world premiere in IFFR; it is the latest output by director Hsiao Ya-chuan whose previous film was made 8 years ago. The film will also compete for IFFR’s Big Screen Award. Before departing, Yang Ya-che found time to watch Father to Son and highly praised it, hoping that it would win the grand prize for Taiwan.
Hsiao Ya-chuan (left) and Yang Ya-che (right) especially held a press conference to meet the media
Hsiao Ya-chuan praised The Bold, the Corrupted, the Beautiful for treating the hypocritical culture in the political and business worlds, which is rare among Taiwanese films. He was convinced that such theme could cross the borders of different countries. The casting of The Bold, the Corrupted, the Beautiful features several capable actresses competing with one another in terms of role-play, representing the many faces of women who are actually “cruel” within. Actresses of the film also won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Awards in the Golden Horse Film Festival last year. As for Father to Son, it is a rather masculine film about men with tender hearts. The main actor Michael JQ Huang led a team of male actors including Fu Meng-po, Long Shao-hua, Kaiser Chuang, Huang Jian-wei, Samuel K, Daniel Chen, Liu Ka-shiang and Bing Wang who jointly described intimate memories of Taiwanese people. In their own ways, the two films delicately focus on opposing themes of “female” and “male”, providing alternative perspectives from Asia for IFFR.
Father to Son describes Van Pao-te, now 60 years old, finds himself suffering from a serious illness. He decides to go to Japan with his son to look for his father who abandoned the family 50 years ago. Meanwhile, a young man from Hong Kong who is somehow related to Van Pao-te’s past comes to Taiwan under Van’s influence. Two unknown journeys thus begin. The director Hsiao Ya-chuan will attend IFFR along with Michael JQ Huang and Samuel K. (Text and images: Mirror Stage Films)
The trailer of Father to Son (international version)