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FEATURE: Of men and their passion for the sea

OCEAN LIVES:Learning to scuba dive led Huang Chia-chun to his latest project, a tale of two Taiwanese men of the seas, which is scheduled to be released in April

By Yang Yuan-ting and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Liao talked about how he would become so absorbed in his writing that he found himself estranged from his family, the director said.

This is “the shadow that ‘everyday men’ live in, which others cannot see,” he said.

His focus on men’s lives conflicts with the modern focus on women’s rights and women’s struggle for freedom, he said.

Men who look for examples of how to juggle family life and careers can only find examples of successful men, who are not representative of the norm, Huang said.

“Taiwan has the shape of a whale, which is why I chose ‘Whale Island’ as the film’s English-language title. Taiwanese are surrounded by the ocean, but most of us have forgotten about the ocean that is in our DNA,” he said.

He hopes his films can tell the stories of Taiwanese men of the sea who strive to break through the isolation their jobs entail, he said.

While Huang received initial subsidies from the Ministry of Culture and some sponsorship money from a local foundation for filming his latest work, he had to turn to crowdsourcing to raise the money to finish it.

He said he was able to meet his goal in just two weeks.

“I really want to thank everyone who supported me. It was really a miracle. It is like when you are filming in the mist at sea, you turn a corner and see a beautiful rainbow,” he said.

Additional reporting by CNA

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