An impressive directorial debut by Wu Nien-Jen, a popular Taiwanese screenwriter responsible for writing films like A City of Sadness, The Puppetmaster, and That Day, on the Beach, to name a few. A melancholic and bittersweet portrait of the memories between a youth (Wen-Jian) growing up in post-WW2 Taiwan during China's rule and his father (Sega) who had grown up decades before WW2 during the Japanese rule. It's made all the more emotional to watch considering Wu has gone off…
A harrowing watch filled with lots of compassion. I respect Araki for making a film like this considering the sensitive topics it focuses on and how messy it could have been under a different filmmaker. He doesn't shy away from the mortifying subject matter at hand, but despite the explicit focus the film never feels exploitative. That final scene was a beautifully emotional conclusion, especially after seeing all the trauma the two main characters endured since their childhood.