Grace Tu

Grace Tu

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Warriors of the Rainbow: Meeting the Director 與賽德克.巴萊導演魏德聖的會面

I am not sure how differently I would have felt if I was sitting in a movie theatre in Taipei instead of sitting in a cinema in downtown Vancouver, but last night when I heard the words speaking in Taiwanses dialects coming out, and when I saw the mountains of Taroko on the big screen, I felt the warmness filled in my eyes and the blood rushing through my viens. 

I recognized it and said to myself: you are Taiwanese.

At the end of the movie we met with Director Wei Te-Sheng. As we looked at him listening to what everyone has to say, kindly and patiently, standing in the lobby for such a long time just so he could answer all the questions, just so we all have a chance to talk to him or to take photos with him, it suddenly all made sense. 

 This person in front me was courageous enough to jump into a US$25 million dollar debt, just to tell a story that he wanted to tell, such sacrifice for just a possibility that this could be something so big, that an important part of the Taiwanese history could be told in the cinema outside the small island.  This is a person who has the ability to see the beauties in human heart by looking at their different point of views objectively; a person who truly directs all his energy in doing what he believes to be important.  This is a person who shows no arrogance whatsoever, even after his film was selected as a contender for nomination for the Academy Awards.  This is the type of person who deserves to be successful: passionate, courageous, compassionate and humble.

I would like to sincerely congratulate him on his achievements, and I hope I have what it takes to contribute to the things and people that's dear to my heart every single day.

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