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The Fourth Portrait
(Di Si Zhang Hua)

by CHUNG Mong-Hong

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After his father’s death, ten-year-old Xiang, goes to live to Taipei with his mother and stepfather that he barely knows. What is the unvoiced violence that surrounds him in his new home ? One night, Xiang dreams of his elder brother who went missing, his subconscious works and brings to the surface a secret that questions the likelihood of his new stepfamily. Punctuated by four portraits drawn by children that are all chapters of the story, The Fourth Portrait confirms Taiwanese Chung Mong-Hong’s talent, obviously influenced by a Taiwanese cinematographic masterpiece, Yi Yi, by Edward Yang (2000). Friends with the kindly school caretaker who is now retired and a young chubby petty thief full of life, the boy’s lonely emotional life exists on a plane somewhere between two generations as if his parents’ age group was foreign, forbidden. The beauty of the photography and the elegance of its editing contribute to the cocoon-like but yet dark atmosphere surrounding the new life that is imposed on Xiang. CG

  • Titre français
    The Fourth Portrait
  • Original title
    Di Si Zhang Hua
  • Scénario
    Chung Mong-Hong, Tu Hsiang-Wen
  • Photo
    Nagao Nakashima
  • Montage
    Lo Shih-Ching
  • Son
    Tu Duu-Chih
  • Interprétation
    Leon Dai, Lei Hao, Shih-Chieh King, Terri Kwan, Na Dow, Xiao-Hai Bi
  • Production
    Cream Production /
  • Producteur délégué
    Shao-Chien Tseng
  • Coproduction
    Rita Chuang, Hsiang-Wen Tu.
  • Ventes internationales
    Good Films Workshop : Rita Chuang,
  • Sous-titrage

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