2 December 2013  Go Grandriders   不老騎士
Director Tien-hau Hua | 2012 | Taiwan | 60 min | Documentary
Date:2 December 2013
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Venue:Film House Cinema, 
88 Lothian Road Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Synopsis

On average they are eighty-one-years-old, but they dream the dreams of an

18-year-old. They will tell you, through a life-long experience, “Miracles do happen as long as you continue to dream!”

Among these 17 “Grandriders,” 2 have battle cancer, 4 need hearing aids, 5 suffer from high blood pressure, and 8 have coronary diseases; and every one of them has symptoms of joint degeneration. Yet, they courageously ride on motorcycles in order to feel the land they have lived on for entire lifetime.

The challenge begins as soon as they straddle across the motorcycles: objections from family members, difficulties in getting a driver’s license at an old age, aging bodies dealing with unpredictable weather and adverse road conditions along the 1178-kilometer journey. The day before they are about to set off, the crew leader suffers from an ulcer and a drop in red blood cell count, how will he lead the “Grandriders” to their aspired destination?



Director’s Statement

I never thought of accomplishing some mission with 17 grandpas and grandmas, as I have rarely spent time with the elderly. But this journey is not so much about visiting different places along a 1,178-long path. It is more like traveling through misplaced times. During our trip, the grandpas spoke of an era full of power and possibilities. It is also through this trip that 17 wonderful life stories are strung together.

During the shooting, the Chinese New Year was drawing near. Every household along the way was busy with house-cleaning and holiday celebration. I saw children visiting senior family members as tradition requires. Their way of communicating, however, is not traditional at all– every kid has some high-tech gadget in their hands. In the same time, Granpa A-tung told me stories of his wife like a chatter box. Granpa A-tsai reached his callus-covered hands to hold mine, with agitation. It turned out that, 60 years ago, Granpa A-tsai used dynamites- and spent his youthful time- to assist the construction of a tunnel that we just passed a few minutes ago.

Winds fly. Time flies. They fly through the new and the old. They fly through the intimate and distant hours between two souls. I wonder how we can remember the smell of the elderly’s time. What should we do to remember things, when we become grandpas, too? …I only have a video camera in my hands.

“Stop shooting! Eat something!” Grandpas said. They put a generous amount of food in my bowl. I am still not sure what I have recorded for them. But I do remember their loving care delivered through food. I munched and munched. And I will always remember their love.

Spotlight Taiwan 
Taiwan Film Festival 
There have been exciting developments in the Taiwan cinematic landscape in recent years, with more high quality and diverse films being made each year, gaining international attention and recognition. The Taiwan Film Festival provides a unique opportunity to see some of these great examples of contemporary Taiwan cinema on big screen, many of them screening for the first time in the UK. 

Seven award-winning feature films by emerging Taiwanese filmmakers have been handpicked to share with the audience of Edinburgh, each with a unique theme and telling touching modern stories in Taiwan, connected by the common thread of relationship and family to give a glimpse into the kaleidoscopic life of Taiwan. 
We are honoured to have directors and cast from Taiwan to attend audience Q&As at four of the screenings. There will also be an Asian Film Workshop at the University of Edinburgh and a piano recital concert by Yu-Siang Huang, the leading star from Touch of Light’ in the Reid Concert Hall on 29 November, both open to the public. 

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Taiwan Film Festival is part of the 2013-2014 Spotlight Taiwan project, organised by History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Ministry of Culture Taiwan and Filmhouse. A series of events will be hosted throughout the year to celebrate contemporary Taiwanese Art, Culture and Cinema in Scotland.