Ten years after his last film, director Lee You-ning attended the film premiere of his latest work Four Hands with the lead actress Elsie Yeh, actor Li Tien-chu, singer, eVonne Hsu and the soundtrack composer, V.K on the evening of October 12th. Ms. Hsu opened the press conference by performing live with its theme music, Full Moon Sentimental of a film that discusses the historical family separation between China and Taiwan. Other invited guests of the premiere included the GIO Minister, Philip Yang, the three chairmen of Directors Guild of Taiwan, director Lee Hsing, Lin Fu-di and Kevin Chu showing their support of this film.
Singer, eVonne Hsu (left) and the soundtrack composer, V.K (right) performed live with movie theme song, Full Moon Sentimental to warm up the film premiere.
Four Hands, which depicts the story of Chinese war veterans who settle in Taiwan, rippled the personal memories of Lee You-ning, Eslie Yeh and Li Tien-chu being the sons and daughters of that generation. Their words sometimes caught in trembling moments of talking about their own fathers that implored the young audience to “know more about their parents before it is too late.” The lead actor, Wu Hsing-kuo, who was rehearsing for a play, also showed up in the premiere before he even had time to undress the Kangxi Emperor costume that marked the highlight of the evening.
Director Lee You-ning dedicates this film to his father. From left: eVonne Hsu, Lee You-ning and V.K
Mr. Lee said that the film is about the relationship of a three-generation family and he uses the steamed bun business to symbolize the inheritance and obligation of a family. He would like to dedicate this film to his father who passed away recently, and he hoped the audience would find new contemplation about the importance of family value. “Fate really helped the completion of Four Hands,” he said. Coincidentally, the casts’ father and eVonne Hsu’s grandfather were all war veterans from China, he said.
The lead actress, Elsie Yeh (right) returned from Beijing for this premiere with eVonne Hsu(left).
Despite working in the middle of a filming in Beijing, the lead actress Elsie Yeh returned to Taiwan exclusively for the film premiere. She remembered that her father used to talk about a lot about the 823 Artillery Bombardment, which she did not seem to care much back then. Suddenly, she was choked up and overwhelmed by her emotions. Regretfully, she wished she had taken her father to Kinmen when he was still alive. It was not until she read the script of Four Hands that she began to understand there were things equally important in her father’s life, things that were sometimes overlooked by the younger generation. She said our parents and grandparents may not be young anymore, but they still have their dreams and memories. She expected the audience to be reminded again of the importance of spending more time with their parents when they can.
Tears roll out from the corner of his eyes when the actor, Li Tien-chu (left) talked about his father.
Touched by Elsie Yeh’s emotional speech and a similar experience, actor, Li Tien-chu also choked up at the press conference. “All the great films are about as much love as you would find in Four Hands,” he revealed that he did not expect Elsie to talk about her father nor himself getting so emotional over the subject. He thought that teenagers today might not understand this kind of kindred tie, but hopefully they would learn about the pressure and responsibility of their parents from a sensible point of view through this film. “I’m proud to be the son of a Chinese veteran,” he said.
The lead actor, Wu Xing-kuo rushes to the press conference from National Plaza Museum who showed up in his Kangxi costume of a play.
Appearing in the blazing gold attire with an invincible poise, actor Wu Xing-kuo revealed that he was deeply rooted in his character on every scene. Every time he thought about portraying the stories of the war heroes who sacrificed themselves for their country, he felt the great pressure and responsibility to play their part. He also expected the audience to learn their stories and what they’ve done for us through this film.
The crew salutes to the Chinese veterans. From left: singer, eVonne Hsu, actress Elsie Yeh, director Lee You-ning and actor Wu Xing-kuo.
This film is about the cross-strait family reunion and a dream that never fades. Four Hands, which opens in theaters on October 14th and directed by the winner of best picture of Golden Horse Awards, Mr. Lee You-ning, is a moving story after ten years of preparation and the casts from the mainland and Taiwan - a film that you do not want to miss!