The Palace on the Sea (2014)

  • Short
  • 16min

In 1999, a luxurious floating restaurant from Hong Kong docked in Kaohsiung Port. Closing its door only a year after the opening, the restaurant becomes an abandoned ship chained to the dock. Here a ghost of a Burmese woman, San-Mei, is trapped in this foreign land with her memories of the past. A Buddhist monk, once her lover, guides her home while chanting and reciting sutras.

海上皇宮

海上皇宮,是一艘停在高雄港邊的破船,今雖殘敗,卻遙指一段海上傳奇:1999年,這艘奢華至極的海上餐廳,從香港駛入台灣,不久被金融海嘯所淹沒,廢棄港邊,動彈不得,一如那些在異鄉勞動迷惘的生靈。緬甸女子三妹死後靈魂依舊在異鄉漂泊,徘徊在回憶編成的繁複迷宮,回不了家。巴利佛經緩緩響起,前世情人化身紅袍僧侶,在殘敗的海上皇宮,超渡了她的魂。 導演一反在劇情長片所展露的寫實風格,將他所擅長的東南亞離散主題,結合將生死輪迴下的奇詭愛情,凝煉成十六分鐘短片,大玩視覺與音響實驗。而對蜿蜒記憶的探尋,幾分神似亞倫雷奈的記憶迷宮,繁複映照出全球化下移工流離悲苦的眾生相。關於虛實之辯,導演曾引用馬奎斯名言:「你們以為的魔幻,其實是我們這裡的真實。」原來,常人以為的魔幻,反映的盡是天涯窮苦人內心難以承受之痛。(資料出處:臺灣國家電影中心工具箱)

Director

Midi Z

Producer

Wang Shin-Hong

Screenplay

Midi Z

Cinematography

Fan Sheng-Xiang

Editor

Lin Sheng-wen

Languages

Mandarin, Yunnan dialect

Subtitles

English

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