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A young fine-art teacher Kuo is assigned to teach in a small-town. Ah-Ming, an eight-year-old painting genius, is in Kuo's class. Ah- Ming performed badly in school, but he has great sense ... See full summary »



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Would you still dare to dream when you're 80 years old?

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Credited cast:
Kwan Yuen Wong ...
Shu-Chen Li ...
Han Yu ...
Art teacher (Mr. Kuo)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rachel Chang ...
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Sung Young Chen ...
The mayor
Wei-hsin Chen ...
Lin Chih-Hung
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A young fine-art teacher Kuo is assigned to teach in a small-town. Ah-Ming, an eight-year-old painting genius, is in Kuo's class. Ah- Ming performed badly in school, but he has great sense of color and shape; his imagination is always unique. However, the poverty of his family prevents him from freely painting. Kuo is in charge of selecting representive for a painting competition. Kuo votes for Ah-Ming, but all other teachers choose the mayor's son for the school's and their own benefit. Kuo leaves the school as a proterting gesture. Ah-Ming is upset by losing the support of Kuo in his creating. He gets a sudden liver sickness and dies. After that, the school learns that Kuo send Ah-Ming's work to an international competition, and it wins the gold medal. The school realizes Ah-Ming's talent, but it is too late. Written by L.H. Wong <>

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26 August 1989 (Taiwan)  »

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A classic that is so pure and innocent.
13 October 2002 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing it when I was in elementary school, and it remains to be one of my favorite movies (and YES, i'm a Star Wars fan too, so here is a dose of reality that I'm not some sort of weird person :p).

The reason I post this comment today is that I just saw a rerun on TV, and since it's on IMDB, I'm here to comment on it.

Genius. What's a genius? Do we see a genius naturally, or do we admit that someone is a genius AFTER he's been "proven" to be one? A 4th grade young boy from a poor family loves to draw, and he is talented. His drawing is so imaginative and colorful, that we "normal" people see it as "weirdness." So what do we do? Do we give him a chance, or do we simple ignore him? This's the core of the story.

Children are gifts. They see what we adults can't see, and we shouldn't use our narrowed vision to limit and restrict them. Freedom, purity, innocence are what they seek. I do think that everyone should find some plot in the movie that is related to your life, and I sincerely wish you learn the meaning, after viewing this great movie.

Sorry, only tiny English captions, that is, if you can find it. But trust me, it's a rewarding experience, indeed.

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