The Last Journey

HU Bo-Deng

Taiwan〡2021〡Fic〡Color〡34 min〡Taiwanese, Mandarin
✧ 2021 Tainan Cultural Heritage Film Festival, Finalist
✧ 2022 Merit Award (film group), Youth Film Festival

Bo-Deng, a teenager who is at the age that should be enjoying his youth in school, has to face the harsh reality of society early on due to all the troubles brought by his father. Baffled and perplexed, he has to confront the enormous pressure all by himself. His uncle, Ming-Long, is the only person to catch him from falling. After the outbreak of a conflict, Ming-Long will take Bo-Deng on an unusual journey.

Director

HU Bo-Deng

I am from Kaohsiung City, and this is my first time as a director and screenwriter. I want to present my thoughts and a more personal side to the audience through images and characters.

11.05 ㊅ 10:20〡台南新光影城 4 廳〡 Q&A session with the Director
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牽亡歌的儀式引領亡魂走向正確的道路,隱喻最後一程的歌詞和月琴聲帶著我們一窺死後的世界,相較之下,活著的世界有更多事情要煩惱,可能更難測、可怕。

Often do I feel out of breath from the anxiety and uneasiness caused by facing the unknown future without anything to hold onto along the way. Perhaps, this is a phase everyone has to go through stepping into adulthood while waving goodbye to adolescence. But, I think this feeling of uncertainty has grown stronger in our generation. Effort doesn’t always lead to success. Just like Bo-Deng, regardless of how desperately he tries to break the ties between him and his father, troubles never cease to follow, because bloodline isn’t something anyone can easily escape from.

This film uses the theme of “The Last Journey” as a symbol of guidance, and the traditional ceremony of blessing the passing as a metaphor of the underprivileged strong will to survive despite the helplessness encountered every now and then. In this film, we hope to provide audiences with some guidance to live themselves to the best in real life.

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