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Mo Zi-yi on playing novelist Lu He-ruo in new TV drama
拍才子呂赫若故事 莫子儀力求演出到位

Actor Mo Zi-yi, pictured, plays Taiwanese novelist, musician and vocalist Lu He-ruo in Hakka TV’s Rosan 1914.

Photo courtesy of Hakka TV

The novelist Lu He-ruo was active from the Japanese colonial period to the early post-war period in Taiwan. His Japanese-language novel Oxcart was well-received in literary circles at the time. Also known as a musician, vocalist and revolutionary, Lu lived a very storied life.

Hakka TV’s 2018 drama Rosan 1914 takes up Lu’s story from the Japanese colonial period with an adaptation of his life in a TV drama which brings together nine of his novels.

Director Lou Yi-an is fascinated by Taiwanese history circa 1945, during the war’s waning years. When Lou discovered Lu had captured the spirit of that period in his diaries, he decided to shoot his story to introduce audiences to what Taiwan was like back then through the life of this legendary figure.

“Many people know about the Gwangju Uprising through South Korean movies, but have no idea of events that happened in Taiwan,” Lou says, speaking of the time when Taiwan went from being a Japanese colony to being governed by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). Lu would have been conflicted over whether he saw himself as a Japanese or a Taiwanese and “this confusion would have been felt throughout Taiwan at the time.”

In order to merge Lu’s novels and life story, the drama uses stage performances, employing the rarely used play-within-a-play format to bring a unique approach to the scenes.

Lu’s talent went beyond writing novels: He was also an accomplished musician and a vocalist. To make his role more believable, actor Mo Zi-yi – who cannot play the piano – spent many hours learning piano fingering technique, not wanting to rely on a hand model or by keeping his hands out of shot. Mo even memorized the lyrics from German music so that he could get the mouthing of the words right for the camera.


adaptation n.

改編 (gai3 bian1)

scene n.

鏡頭 (jing4 tou2)

piano fingering phr.


(gang1 qin2 zhi2 fa3)

vulnerable adj.

脆弱 (cui4 ruo4)

According to Mo, every historical figure has many aspects to their character, and in addition to the more positive side of Lu’s personality, he wanted to show something of the more vulnerable and less assured aspects that would make the character more believable. “If he is presented as too perfect it won’t come off as genuine; that’s not how I see acting,” Mo says.

Filming for Rosan 1914 began in November, and is expected to hit the screens in April this year.

(CNA, translated by Paul Cooper)






呂赫若除了是小說家,還具有音樂家、聲樂家的優異才華 。為了讓劇中角色更有說服力,不會彈琴的莫子儀花相當多時間練鋼琴指法,坦言不想依賴手模或避開鏡頭借位,甚至背下德文聲樂歌詞,配合嘴型拍攝,下足功夫力求演出到位。




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