A Time in Quchi

Shu Jia Zuo Ye

Divorcing parents send their two kids to stay with Grandpa in a rural village for the summer in Chang Tso-Chi’s emotive film full of life lessons.

Date:
15th Oct and 18th Oct 2013

Booking Ticket:
BFI Southbank, NFT3 Oct 15, 2013  8:45 PM  Buy
BFI Southbank, NFT2 Oct 18, 2013  6:00 PM  Buy 

Location:
BFI Southbank
Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT

Director-Screenwriter Chang Tso-Chi
With Liang-yu Yang, Yun-loong Kuan, Hui-ming, Wen, Zi-yan Jin, Han Tung
Taiwan 2013
in Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles
111 mins

Taiwanese cinema has an honourable history of films about city kids growing up fast while spending summer holidays with elderly relatives in the countryside. But memories of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s A Summer at Grandpa’s will likely be eclipsed by Chang Tso-Chi’s new film, his first since When Love Comes. Young teen Bao and (a bit later) his kid sister Seaweed are parked with their recently bereaved grandpa in Quchi while their parents plan a divorce. Bao makes a new aboriginal friend on the basketball court and then loses him in an accident, but there are no sexed-up dramas. Thanks to Chang’s masterly direction, none of the main strands of plot – urban/rural dislocation, the generation gap, comparisons between grandpa’s disintegrating family and the impoverished-but-close family next door – plays out quite as you might expect. The sensitivity to childhood experience is almost uncanny; Chang, himself recently divorced, dedicates the film to his son.

Tony Rayns

Director biography

Born in 1961, Chang Tso-chi’s film career began in 1987. He was inspired by a number of master film directors, such as Yu Kan-ping, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsui Hark. In 1990 he started to direct several television dramas and films – two of which, in 2000 and 2012 respectively, won him Best Feature Film, the most honourable prize in Taiwan’s Golden Horse Award. Apart from that, he also took three prizes in the Tokyo International Film Festival. In 2011 he received the National Award for Arts, the most prestigious creative arts honour in Taiwan. A Time in Quchi is his latest film work.