Title: On Happiness Road
Release Date: October 15, 2017
Director: Sung Hsin-yin
Production Company: Happiness Road Productions
Chi (Gwei Lun-mei) returns home to Taiwan from America for the funeral of her grandmother (Giwas Gigo). While there she imagines conversations with her grandmother and reflects upon her childhood (voiced by Bella Wu in flashbacks). The non-linear structure is also punctuated by Chi’s youthful daydreams which are beautifully animated. In addition to being a story about life and family, Chi’s story parallels the growth and changes of Taiwan (significantly Chi is born on the same day that Chiang Kai-shek died). This is a thoughtful and beautifully made film about self-identity and nostalgia that I found very relatable even though I live half-the-world away.