You can see the tears of time

by on Tuesday, 08 June 2010 Comments

Born in 1958, Cheng Wen-Tang has extensive experience in all aspects of film-making. As an independent producer, Cheng has built a reputation in producing documentary, short films, and subsequently, expanding into feature films. All this has earned him the recognition of the local movie industry. In addition to these various talents, Cheng is also an active scriptwriter, TV series director, as well as a stage actor. His latest production in 2009 is Tears.

Cheng is a Taiwanese director who has had great influence on the development of Taiwanese cinema, particularly in his highlighting of the difficulties of underprivileged groups. He combines a deep concern for the disenfranchised, the weak and the poor with the art of directing and fictional wizardry.

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As Cheng likes to tackle the problems of his own people - the Minnanese (Hoklo people) of Taiwan - and bring about a self-examination his films are full of local flavour and imagery. His latest film Tears is a three-part drama on Policeman. The main character in the film has a similar background to that of his own, having grown up in a makeshift hostel for workers, bargirls and even some policeman near a red light district.

As builders worked noisily away on the roof, eRenlai's Joyce Lin caught up with Director Cheng, to find out what inspired him in this trade.

 

For more on Cheng Wen-Tang, please read 《你會看見時代的眼淚——鄭文堂導演專訪》.

 

 

 
Joyce Lin

在台灣出生長大,在求學的年紀隨著家人來到了南非,在風景氣候宜人的開普敦定居了下來。跟許多南非人一樣熱衷於板球和橄欖球的比賽之中,也熱愛葡萄酒和美食。在這個地方學習微生物、基因和古典音樂,度過了一段相當快樂和輕鬆的悠閒時光。
這幾年回到台灣度過了一段灰色時期,對於地震和擁擠人潮這兩個台灣土產極度不能適應,嚮往花蓮的陽光和海洋,不過對於台灣的美食毫無抵抗能力。2009年8月來到人籟,學習許多人生中還未曾接觸過的知識和經驗,忙碌的新生活正在努力適應中。

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