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Cannot Live Without You (2009)

Bu neng mei you ni (original title)
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A down and out man and his daughter live in an illegal hovel. The two live a happy peaceful life until the authorities intervene when the child reaches school age.


Leon Dai


Leon Dai
18 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Yo Hsuan Chao Yo Hsuan Chao
Akira Chen ... (as Wen-pin Chen)
Chih-Ju Lin
Sze-Chi Lo Sze-Chi Lo
Ting-Ni Ma Ting-Ni Ma ... Director of Social Welfare


A father's love for his child is unconditional, a bond that can't be broken. But sometimes government bureaucracy can interfere. Li Wu-hisung lives in a harbor zone in Taiwan with his small daughter. He doesn't have a job, so he takes on risky tasks on boats to earn money. When he tries to do the right thing and enroll his daughter in a school, the government decides it's in the child's best interest to remove her from his care. He does everything he can to get her back, leading to a desperate standoff in front of the media and the world. Based on a true story, it conveys a quest of love that knows no bounds. Written by Anonymous

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This is Leon Dai's 2nd feature film. It's adapted from a real event happened in Taiwan. See more »

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Powerless Love
29 November 2009 | by kizs23458See all my reviews

At the first glance, it's a movie about a father's love to his daughter; however, the director and writers also depict the fleshed face of the government and law. The black and white scenes for me is just the right type for the story: you can see the motion under a somewhat gentler texture; nevertheless, under the softened scenes is a strong emotional pulse, just as behind the weak protest, there is strong love, and behind the super-facial smile, the officers are actually care nothing about those who voted for them. This movie, all in all, projects the true society in Taiwan, and I highly recommend it to movie-goers.

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Hakka | Min Nan | Mandarin

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14 August 2009 (Taiwan) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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