Beautiful and serene Taiwanese ANIMATED movie about an american-taiwanese
woman, Lin Shu-Chi (with voice by the
Lun Mei, the famous chinese actress and muse of director
Diao Yinan in amazing movies as the 2014 "Black Coal, Thin Ice"
2019 "The Wild Goose Lake") who goes home to her Taipei, Taiwan,
to attend the funeral of her beloved granny.
She dreams about her granny and her youth in Taipei, her first day in
school and how her family moved to a house in Hapiness Road
and the film jumps in time between then and now. Arriving in Taipei
she sees how her childhood city has changed, "The American
Daughter is Home" and she meets not just her lovable parents but
also her relatives, her uncles and aunties, her cousins and other.
Chi's grandmother belonged to the indigenous aboriginal
people in Taiwan, she chewed betel nuts and dabbled with Magic and she
spoke in the taiwanese dialect Min nan.
Also Chi's father doesn't speak any
mandarin and Chi remembers how she befriended the
blonde Betty in school and how they were not allowed to talk any taiwanese
local dialect, but only mandarin.
The Shu-Chi of today narrates (Gwen Lun Mei) and remembers her adolescence
in Taipei, the political happenings and the choices
she made and how her cousin Wen got her a job in New York where she
met her husband Anthony and with whom she had a child.
Chi was born the same day as Chiang Kai-shek died, the 5th of April
1975 which make Chi about 40 years old in the film.
Chi's return visit to her home town
with all her memories, her relatives and her roots has deeply shook
her and she's unsure if she
wants to return to New York with her new family, Anthony and her daughter
Julia. What is Happiness ?
The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen and with a mandarin audio
with some english and Min nan with english subtitles
region 3, no extras