Fri, Nov 23, 2012 - Page 5 News List

Blind pianist stars on big screen

IN THE LIMELIGHT:Acting has boosted Huang Yu-siang’s confidence and helped to make him a household name, who is now frequently approached in the street by eager fans

By Amber Wang  /  AFP, TAIPEI

Even though the movie is based on Huang’s experiences, Chang stressed that it is really about “pursuing dreams and breaking stereotypes.”

“In the movie the character’s friends are not overly protective and do no treat him like an ‘endangered species’ as I want to break the sentimental pitying or worrying for the blind or other minority groups,” Chang said.

Huang has been nominated for the Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker category that encompassed actors, directors and other aspects of filmaking at this month’s Golden Horse Film awards, regarded as the Chinese-language Academy Awards. Chang is vying for best new director.

However, the jury is still out on whether the film’s success will translate into greater acceptance of the blind.

“It draws attention to the challenges visually impaired people face, but it remains to be seen how much can be translated into actual support for them,” Chiang said.

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