29/02/2024

LONG TIME NO SEA 只有大海知道

INTRODUCTION

Manawei, a Yami(Tao) boy, lives on Orchid Island with his grandmother while his father is away from home working. He hopes that his father will bring him a new pair of shoes, but his father’s brief return brings only disappointment. The National Indigenous Dance Competition approaches and a young teacher from Taiwan volunteers to train the school’s dance team with the hope of being transferred back home. While for Manawei, it is a chance to see his father again.

Inspired by a true story, the director reiterates the reclaiming of traditions through the children’s preparation for a dance competition. The grandmother-grandson relationship that is drifting apart is brought close again as Manawei sings and dances in traditional ethnic costume. Bathed in the spirit of “our culture, our pride”, the film depicts an authentic, rarely seen side of Orchid Island, and engages issues of family relationships, love, abandonment, and grandparenting problems against the backdrop of the Yami(Tao) cultural fault line. All characters except the teacher are portrayed by non-professional actors from the Yami(Tao) ethnic group .

《只有大海知道》讓全世界看見蘭嶼!

資深紀錄片導演崔永徽首次拍攝劇情長片,取材自顏子矞老師與蘭嶼椰油國小生的故事,透過長期觀察、田野採集的真實故事,耗時六年完成,更在當地訓練大量達悟族素人演員,透過蘭嶼男孩的成長故事,為今日在離島謀生不易的達悟族道出心聲。為了保有真實感,導演甚至不讓演員來演,而是聘請老師到蘭嶼教授表演,激出當地民眾的「表演魂」,自己登上大銀幕講出自己的故事。

整部電影不僅傳遞滿滿的人情溫暖和感動,也從最細微的心境轉折間,道出偏鄉所遇到的問題和無奈,不僅劇情扣人心弦,那逼哭觀眾熱淚盈眶的真摯,演繹親情最幸福的溫度。值得注意的是,拍攝電影時年僅 11 歲的鍾家駿,年紀輕輕就展現十足大將之風。