thank you for being one

 

thank

Thank you for being one 謝謝你是,其中一人

Over 100,000 Malaysian watch the film online and leave their comments: “This is a good opportunity for us to take a glimpse into a hidden but important phase of our country – before and after Merdeka – through an award-winning film. It is through such insight that we will get a better perspective of our true history – which may be a far cry from the official story of the day.”

-Kim Quek

“这部纪录片,光是胆识已经是前无古人后无来者。这是因为从来没有人拍过这个题材也没有人敢拍,而且也很难拍。这个题材完全没有地方可以提供参考。廖克发导演藉着父亲的口述,从一开始挖掘为何祖父在家庭中缺席的原因却意外地撕开一段与马共的回忆。这部电影透过许多前马共成员的口述,去揣测祖父的动机以及去构造对祖父的面貌。导演更多时候也借着《不即不离》去弥补自己的家族成员在心灵上的一个空缺,也去还原了自己的父亲在童年时期缺失的那片遗憾。”

-本地电视节目的情意结

“I was crying watching this film. The best movie on my list and FINAS should not ban this movie. Terngiang ngiang kata kata pakcik tu. “Melayu tak tolong cina, mana boleh menang. Kalau cina tak tolong melayu, cina tak boleh menang juga. Cina dengan melayu kene sama sama tolong menolong nak menentang British. Tapi kenape kerajaan kita tak suka kita” Seeing things happening in our country, i wish all of us could just stop condemning each other, stop hating each other and stop blaming each other. Worth every second of your time.”

-Nik Jaja Binks

“感動しました。マレーシアで公開してくれてありがとうございます。とても共感出来ました。”(”I am touched. Thank you for making your film available in Malaysia. I am very moved by it.”)

-Yoko Loo Ichikawa 

“当年我二十来岁,听着舅公和外婆诉说日本殖民走难进山芭的点滴。七旬老翁,回首蕉风夜雨京心动柏的日子,那份爱国之心,不能以政治党派或肤色区分。他们都是爱国英雄。谢谢你,为他 们道出了心底之话,爱国之心。我舅公回到中国后害怕被马来西亚新政府追宗害到还在马来西亚的家人(我外婆一家),改名换姓,在中国的那段日子,想着马来西亚。我记的带他去喝 kopi o

第一口,他眼泪就流了下来。”

-匿名

“马共游击队员为理想而致使孩子成为无根一代;但写到后面,却赫然映照出许多马来西亚华人的精神状态:不知自己为何在此(当二等公民)?不知自己从何而来(早期的反共意识形态的灌输,与现如今的“拥抱本土必去中国化”的二元对立逻辑,形成的浑沌与疏离状态)。我们真是心灵漂流的一代吗?”

-粉墨勾兰

“Thank you for all that you all have done. I understand my family, my grandparents and my father and his siblings better now after this film. I wish I could visit them sometime while they are alive. I want to pay respect to them and listen to their real life stories myself too.”

-Bj Eng Buan Jeng

“影片最让我感动的是一对曾经参与过共产党游击队的老夫妻。他们两人曾经因为参战,必须把刚出生的亲生儿子送人抚养。直到现在年老,膝下无子,他们两夫妻依然恩爱,虽然没有想认回自己的亲生儿子,但是感恩孩子的养父母,于是关心身边的年青人把他们当做是自己孩子。体现无比的大爱。

马来西亚这片土地因为这些曾经勇敢活过、爱过、抗争过的人而美丽动人。“

-Susan Koo

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absent without leave

不即不離

★Busan International Film Festival : Wide angel In Competition ★

★ 釜山國際影展超廣角亞洲競賽 ★

★Singapore International Film Festival Best Audience Choice Award 

★ 新加坡國際影展,最佳觀眾票選獎 ★

★ International Taipei Film Festival ★ 國際台北電影節 ★

★精彩而且情感真摯”  – 台灣著名導演 侯孝賢 Hou Hsiao-Hsien★

★ SGIFF: ‘Absent’ Adds Audience Award at Singapore Festival Close” Variety USA News ★

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Absent without Leave is an award-winning documentary by Malaysia-born, Taiwan-based filmmaker Lau Kek-Huat. It retraces the story of Lau’s grandfather, a member of the Malaya Communist Party whose identity was hidden from his family. The documentary retraces through the form of a dialogue between Lau and the ghost of his grandfather, the fight against the Japanese invaders and the fight for independence against the British led by the MCP. Through the words of those who led the same battle as his grandfather, Lau puts together the pieces of this forgotten history to ask himself what it means to be a Malaysian today.

a 90 mins documentary directed by LAU, Kek-Huat 廖克發 導演作品

“Those in deep love with this land were deported, those in deep love with each other were departed. This is a film about their lost of love.”

This story begins with a man’s portrait hanging in my family home in Malaysia. The identity of this man has always been a taboo, until one day I discovered it was my grandfather, whose identity was hidden from me because he was a member of the Malaysian Communist Party. This is a journey to discover the secret history of my country through the eyes of my grandfather.

“愛這塊土地的人被迫遷移,相愛的人被迫分離,這是一個關於,愛的失去的故事。”

35年前,這裡曾經是我出生、成長的老木屋。這裡不只是家族三代人的記憶,同時也是我對祖父母最後的記憶。直到長大成人,我才明白,長掛在老家大廳上的那張畫像是我從未見過的阿公。60年來,這張畫像成為家人的禁忌,沒人能提及這個男人,他的名字,或是任何他的過去。這部紀錄片即是關於我們對於他的追尋,以及愛與恨。

Stereo sound/ 16:9 ratio/ Mandarin,FuZhou,Malay,Cantonese,

with English, Chinese (Simplified & traditional) & Malay Subtitled, 2016

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Nia’s door

妮雅的門

★”The winning short immediately struck the jury with its compelling portrait of a complex, yet recognisable main character, told with great directorial vision! ” – Lee, Hyo-Won, the HOLLYWOOD Reporter ★

★ “SONJE AWARD” Busan International Film Festival: Best Film Award ★
★ Clermont Ferrand short film festival: international Competition ★
★ Ifva, Hong Kong, International Competition ★
★ International Short Film Festival of Fabriano City, Italy ★

 

Nia travels far from her home, Philippine, to Taiwan to work as a family maid. Nia likes to keep herself in her private room, where a door separates between her and her employers. This brings displeasure to her female employer and conflicts arise between them. This is a story about a day of Nia’s life, which could also resonates for all who are far away from home.

妮亞是一名遠離家鄉來到台灣工作的菲律賓籍女傭。妮雅和她僱主的世界之間,只隔一扇房門,她喜歡把房門鎖上,卻因此而引起了與僱主的衝突。這是發生在妮亞身上一天的故事,也是發生在離家的許多人們身上可能的一天。

directed by LAU,Kek-Huat 廖克發 導演作品

Cast:Eliquence B.Young, 陳雪甄Vera Chen 林楦芬 Xuan-Fen,Lin, 藍聖傑Blue

HD/Color/26 mins/Tagalog, Mandarin/English & Chinese Subtitled/2016

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when it rains

雨落誰家

★2013 Golden Harvest Film Festival:
Best Film, Best Actress Awards★

★Taiwan Labour Film Festival: Best Film Award★

一間工廠,一個誓要討回工資的外勞媽媽﹐一個和女兒失和的刻薄女老闆,一個想回家的搶劫犯,三個小人物,交織在一場搶劫中。一夜的雨,送給每個人一點希望﹐每個人都需要一點小勇氣﹐走下去。

It happens in a small factory. It involves an illegal Filipino worker, a mother who is determined to fight for her wages back, a mean factory owner who is a mother having an estranged relationship with her daughter, a robber who urgently needs money to send back home to Philippine. Three insignificant characters who had their lives mingled together in a twist of fate as a result of a robbery. That long rainy night brought about a realisation that each of them needed just a little courage and hope to live on for another day.

directed by LAU,Kek-Huat 廖克發 導演作品

Cast: Eliquence B.Young,Argel Masa Low Pei Fen,Guo Shang Jie

HD/29 mins/Tagalog, Mandarin/English & Chinese Subtitled/2012

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whisper of flowers

花開的夜晚

★ Avyalik International Film Festival, in International Competition ★

★ 15th Shanghai International Film Festival: in International Competition ★

★ South Taiwan Film Festival:in Competition ★

45歲的志遠以為他應該已經死去了, 但是他沒有— 花開的一個夜晚,他活了下來。志遠迫切想要了結自己的生命,卻被一連串的意外事件所打擾;當所有人,包括自己的妻子和兒子都不察覺志遠想要自殺的情況下, 志遠卻又被這些人意外的救了回來,驗證人生純屬一場意外。

Zhi Yuan thought he should have died as he wish, but he didn’t. He was forced to live on, on a night when flowers blossom. His suicide attempts were intercepted and hindered by series of unexpected incidents. None, including his wife and son, was aware of his intention to end his life yet his life was unknowingly and accidentally saved by them, and thus life goes on.

directed by LAU,Kek-Huat 廖克發 導演作品

Cast:邱安忱 Chiu An Chen, 黃婕菲 Felicia Huang

黃長鍇 Huang Chang Kai,陳正昀 Chen Cheng Yun

HD/29 mins/Mandarin/English & Chinese Subtitled/2012

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cul de sac forest

 

愛在森林邊境

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★ 2009 Golden Lion International Film Festival, in competition, Taiwan★

★Bangkok World Film Festival, 2010, Thailand★

★Young Cinema Art Student Film Festival 2010, Poland★

★Tokyo Downtown cool media festival 2012, Japan★

一封信⋯

一段熱帶叢林中的愛情⋯

一段馬來亞共產黨員的記憶⋯

距離(西元1948年)殖民政府宣布戒嚴41年後的今天,老太太意外收到前情人共產黨員的邀請,老太太才知道前情人並未在撤退中死去。她將如何回應前情人的邀請,面對她安寧的生活中引起的波折紛擾?她是否會赴約?接受41年以後,蒼老的他們再次的相遇?

A letter …

A romance in the heart of a tropical forest…

A Malay Communist love story untold….

1948– after British Colonial Government imposed a curfew at 1948, Malaysia, 41 years hence– she received a letter: an invitation from her old flame or comrade. She realized that her lover was not sacrificed. She also realized a dilemma: to go or not to go. To go is to disturb her peace with excitement and suprises. Would she go? 41 years hence, what fire can be rekindled from a pair of old flickering flames?

 

directed by LAU,Kek-Huat 廖克發 導演作品

Cast:  劉桂蓮 Liou Guei Lian,林純如 Lin Chuen Ru,黃土樹 Huang Tu Shu 杜冠瑩 Du Guan Ying, 鄺一帆Kong Yih Farn

SD/Color/29 mins/Mandarin, Malay/English & Chinese Subtitlted/2009

 

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★ 31st Golden Harvest Film Festival: Best Director, Best Student Film Awards ★

★ 29th Munich International Festival of Film Schools, 2009: in Competition ★

★ 13th Tel Aviv International Student Film, 2010: in Competition ★

★ 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival 2009: in Competition ★

一個性格獨立的現代女性,獨自去承擔墮胎的決定。手術前漫長的24個小時,她一個人淡然面對墮胎的到來,卻無法度過一次鼠患的困擾。在重重的壓迫下,她是否仍然能繼續,掩飾自己最私密的情感?

She is an independent modern lady, who decided to bear the decision of abortion by herself. Within the 24 hours before the abortion, yet she can overcome the struggle of abortion, but is inescapable troubled by a rat in the house. Can she control her inner feelings under the invisible pressure?

directed by LAU,Kek-Huat 廖克發 導演作品

Cast:Vera Chen 陳雪甄

SD/Color/17 mins/Mandarin/English & Chinese Subtitled/2008

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