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How Deep is the Ocean

Tang Shiang-Chu / 2000 / 60’ / Taiwan / 16mm / COLOR
This documentary is about director Tang’s Tao (Lanyu tribesman) friend, Mamuno. Through Mamuno’s experience of returning to his origin and Tang’s examining of his own life, the film shows how the two people interact and their brotherly caring for each other. Tang and Mamuno, coming from different backgrounds, share the same passion towards the ocean. We see what Mamuno went through a part of his life as a Tao, and Tang’s intent of finding the origin of his own life. The inseparable relationship between man and nature is also observed.


Introduction

Tang Shiang-Chu

Born in 1964, TANG Hsiang-Chu graduated from the Theater Dept., National Taiwan Collage of Arts. He started his career as a producer in a CF production house but soon entered TU Duu-Chih’studio as a sound recordist. So far he has lent his professional expertise to numerous Chinese-language films and won two Golden Horse Awards for best sound effects, for the films The Most Distant Course and Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale. Besides working as an acclaimed sound recordist, Tang is equally accomplished as a director of documentary films. His works, which focus on the aboriginal peoples of Taiwan as well as the Chinese diaspora after the WWII and Chinese Civil War, invariably hold fast to his strong concern for the human condition. His homecoming trilogy, How Deep is the Ocean, How High is the Mountain, and How Long is the Road, has won wide acclaim and received various awards, including a Best Documentary award at the Golden Horse Film Festival. Pusu Qhuni is his fifth documentary.

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