Hymn to a Tired Man uses a flashback narrative to reflect on war and its aftermath. A mild-mannered office worker is driven to recall his past when his son falls in love with the daughter of the commanding officer under whom he served during World War II. Memories of abusive discipline resurface throwing the former soldier’s relatively quiet postwar life into turmoil. Kobayashi offers an unsparing indictment of the lack of accountability for the scars of battle.
Jia-Li’s husband has disappeared. A clue at a beach suggests that he was drowned but no body was found. The film focusses not on the search for the husband, but on the reunion of Jia-Li and her brother’s ex-girlfriend, a successful pianist. The two women share insights on life and memories of growing up, and the struggle they face accepting or defying traditions in their romance and marriage. The film’s deliberation on changes in Taiwanese society and family, its mood of contemplation and reflection, went well beyond the melancholic tone of traditional Taiwanese films about women.
Fernando, the protagonist, finishes his military service in the cavalry and decides to buy the horse that has been his companion during this time. However, living with the horse becomes a grave problem, as the city that Fernando knew is not the same. He struggles to find accommodation for the animal, and he faces resistance from both his social circle as well as the new, modern world.
Uncle Moustache’s tale shows a developement of an emotional relationship between an old man who has rested heartsick in his solitude for years, and the children who are joyous by nature. The old man lives in a room beside an abandoned site, where children have transformed it into a soccer lot. He is disturbed by children’s commotion. Till one day, children’s ball hits the old man’s window pane and breaks it…
The film tells the story of a fly, which falls into a large garden on an autumn day. The fly is fleeing because the occupant of the house wants to hit her. During the few minutes of the story, the viewer sees the world through the eyes of the fly, describing it from the insect’s point of view.
In this complex, gripping made-for-TV courtroom drama, the new DA of a small town is given the job of prosecuting the alleged murderer of a stripper. Unfortunately, his own father is in charge of the defense. To make matters worse, both attorneys are in love with the wife of the accused.
Rudyard Kipling’s tale of how the elephant got its trunk has always delighted with its playful use of language. Never has there been a more satisfying rendering of this “Just So” story, which explains what the world was like “in the beginning of years when the world was new and all…”. Illustrated by Tim Raglin.
A writer starts running into the characters he’s created in real life. Alberta is his fantasy woman, who starts out as a sexy rock singer. However, when the bad guy in his novel gets his hands on the manuscript and starts making changes of his own, they are all in for a wild ride.