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Father to Son (2018)

Van Pao-te (original title)
Van Pao-Te, who is now 60 years old, finds himself suffering from a serious illness, instead of getting treatment, he decides to go to Japan to look for his father who abandoned him 50 ... See full summary »

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Ya-chuan Hsiao

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Ya-chuan Hsiao
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Credited cast:
Chung-Kun Huang ... Fan Pao-Te
Aria Wang Aria Wang ... Kuo Yu-Chin
Meng-Po Fu ... Fan Ta-Chi
Kaiser Chuang ... Young Fan Pao-Te
Jag Huang ... Fan Pao-Te's Father
Samuel Ku ... Newman (as Samuel K)
Chen-Ling Wen ... Young Kuo Yu-Chin
Daniel Chen ... Di
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Teddy Chen ... Nico
Kiyo Hasegawa Kiyo Hasegawa ... Asai Eiko
Tammy Darshana Lai ... Mei-Yueh
Ka-Shiang Liu ... Chien Cheng-Min
Hsueh-Feng Lu ... Chuang Su-Ju
Shao-hua Lung ... Hou
Fang Mei ... Chuang Su-Ju's Mother
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Van Pao-Te, who is now 60 years old, finds himself suffering from a serious illness, instead of getting treatment, he decides to go to Japan to look for his father who abandoned him 50 years ago with the accompany of his son. At the same time, a young man from Hong Kong who is somehow related to Van Pao-Te's past comes to Taiwan. Two unknown journeys of self-reconciliation begin...

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Keep the Heart Out of It
Music, Lyrics & Performed by Summer Lei
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Snail paced old formula Taiwanese movie
6 March 2019 | by LogicIsEverythingSee all my reviews

This is a typical old fashioned Taiwanese movie, telling a story about some ordinary Taiwanese people and families, the head of a hardware and plumbing repair store's owner suffering incurable late pancreatic cancer. Instead of trying to get some medical treatment, he decided to go to Japan to find out the whereabouts of his father who dumped him long time ago.

This is a no big deal story narrated in a very very slow paced speed, trying very hard to be more artful in camera arrangement, but the storyline itself was somewhat unbearably boring due to the director too obsessed in shooting a movie in the traditional way.

The topic of such story also felt quite cliche'd and unimportant. 99.9% of the dialog was spoken in southern Fu-Kien province dialect which is the main language spoken by most of the Taiwanese people.

I didn't feel any compassion or empathy when watched this no-big deal movie, although it was seriously made. Actors in this movie all performed naturally but failed to connect a viewer like me. Just a barely okay movie, quite forgetful.


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17 August 2018 (Taiwan) See more »

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