Taiwanese animated film “On Happiness Road” to shine in Busan 動畫「幸福路上」 釜山國際首映

Fri, Oct 13, 2017 - Page 15

South Korea’s 22nd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) started yesterday and will run through Oct. 21. This year, the Taiwanese animated film “On Happiness Road” has been nominated. Director Sung Hsin-yin says that her new film, which will have its world premiere in Busan, is the story of a girl growing up.

The origin of the animation goes back to Sung’s first script-writing course in the US, where she experienced an inner shock when asked: “Who are you? Where are you from?” When she was telling her story of growing up on Singfu Rd, literally “Happiness Road,” in New Taipei City’s Sinjhuang District, her classmates watched her with eyes wide open. They said, “Wow! You must have had a happy life living in a place called ‘Happiness.’” That is when she realized just how fascinating the story of her hometown actually was.

Sung invited actress Gwei Lun-mei and director Wei Te-sheng to do the voice acting for her animation. The film’s nomination also marks the return of Taiwanese animated feature films to the international movie scene.

(CNA, translated by Eddy Chang)