The Sandwich Man (1983)

  • Drama
  • 1h 48m

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The story of The Sandwich Man takes place in Chia-Yi, a rural county in the western coast of Taiwan. In order to earn a living to support his wife and newborn child after a long-term unemployment, Qun-Shu finds a job that requires him to wear homemade clown costumes and carry sandwich boards for a local cinema. He gets promoted after a while and gets a tricycle and megaphone. His new position doesn’t require him to wear clown costume any more but it seems his newborn child doesn’t recognise him without it.

In Vicki’s Hat, Wang and Lin, two sales trainees, visit a coastal town to sell Japanese pressure cookers. Wang encounters a schoolgirl named Vicki and is curious about the hat she wears all the time, not aware it is covering a disfiguring injury. During the demonstration of the new product to the villagers, Lin discovers that the cooker is defective.

The last short film in the anthology, The Taste of Apples, focuses on a migrant worker A-Fa who, on his way to work, is severely injured in an accident involving an American military officer, Colonel Grey. Upon receiving the distressing news, A-Fa’s family, living in an urban slum, rushes to the hospital while worrying about the financial implications of the accident only to be surprised by Colonel Grey’s very generous compensation and hospitality.

兒子的大玩偶

〈兒子的大玩偶〉坤樹為了養活妻小,扮成小丑模樣的「三明治人」,在嘉義竹崎鎮上穿街走巷、吸引路人目光,好幫電影院新片打廣告。這份工作不體面又沒成效,遭親友鄙夷,幸好,戲院老闆要他改騎三輪車以大聲公宣傳,看似否極泰來,誰知當他卸下小丑濃妝後,年幼兒子竟然不認識他了。〈小琪的那頂帽子〉日商公司派遣二名新人林再發和王武雄,南下濱海小鄉鎮布袋駐點,推銷「壓力快鍋」、開拓市場,武雄偶遇一神秘小女孩小琪,始終頭戴一頂學生帽,讓他忍不住想掀開來,一探究竟。〈蘋果的滋味〉裡底層工人阿發在凌晨上工途中,意外被駐台美軍格雷上校座車撞斷雙腿,並移送美軍醫院療養,蝸居在違章貧民窟的阿發一家人趕赴探視,焦急的他們本以為失去經濟支柱,家庭將一夕崩坍,誰知歉疚的上校不只支付醫藥費、還拿出一筆鉅額的賠償金。(資料出處:臺灣國家電影中心工具箱)

Director

Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Director

Wan Jen

Co-Producer

Ming Chi

Co-Producer

Hsu Kuo-Liang

Screenplay

Wu Nien-Jen

Cinematography

Chen Kun-Hou

Languages

Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien, English

Subtitles

English

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