Father to Son(范保德)

Country Taiwan
Year  2018
Genre  Drama
Format  Color  / DCP
Status  Completed
Runtime  115 min

Release Date  Spring 2018  (Taiwan) 
Director  HSIAO Ya-Chuan
Cast  Michael JQ HUANG, Aria WANG, FU Meng-Po,
Hsun, Samuel K, LU Hsueh-Feng














Festival & Awards

47th International Film Festival Rotterdam – Big Screen Competition / Voice

25th Titanic Budapest International Film Festival – Asian Winds

18th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival – Competition

20th Taipei Film Festival – Opening Film/ Awards: Best Director, Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Art Design), Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Music)

  1st Taiwan Film Festival in Sydney – Closing Film

42nd  Montreal World Film Festival – Chinese Film Festival Section 2nd Prize

  2nd  LYCHEE Film Festival – Official Competition

16th “Pacific Meridian” International Film Festival of Asian Pacific Countries in Vladivostok – Competition/ Best Actor Award

37th Vancouver International Film Festival – Dragons & Tigers

19th Asiatica Encounters With Asian Cinema – Official Selection

45th Film Fest Gent (Ghent) – Global Cinema

42nd Sao Paulo International Film Festival – The International Perspective

  5th Taiwan Film Screening in Círculo de Bellas Artes – Official Selection

  3rd London East Asia Film Festival – Official Selection

19th San Diego Asian Film Festival – DISCOVERIES

16th Dharamshala International Film Festiva – Official Selection

15th Hong Kong Asian Film Festival – Taiwan Select

55th Golden Gorse Film Festival – Competition/ Nominations: Best New Performer, Best Art Direction, Best Original Film Score, Best Original Film Song, Best Sound Effects

12th Five Flavours Film Festival – New Cinema Competition

67th International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg – Official Selection

13rd Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival – Official Selection

  8th Chennai International Film Festival – Official Selection

25th Victoria Film Festival – Official Selection

2019 Spotlight Taiwan Project Edinburgh College of Art – Official Selection

  7th Singapore Chinese Film Festival – Official Selection

  2nd Filmosa Festival – Festival du Cinéma Taïwanais à Paris – Official Selection

  1st Taiwan Film Festival in Toronto – Official Selection



Van Pao-Te, who is now 60 years old, finds himself suffering from a serious illness, instead of getting treatment, he decides to go to Japan to look for his father who abandoned him 50 years ago with the accompany of his son. At the same time, a young man from Hong Kong who is somehow related to Van Pao-Te’s past comes to Taiwan. Two unknown journeys of self-reconciliation begin…


Director / Screenwriter  HSIAO Ya-Chuan

Born in 1967 in Taiwan, HSIAO Ya-Chuan graduated from the Fine Art Department of the National Institute of Arts. His first feature-length film, Mirror Image (2000), was selected in the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes in 2001 and won numerous awards, such as Best First Feature at Torino Film Festival, and Best Film and Best New Director at Taipei Film Festival. His second feature, Taipei Exchanges (2010), gained positive feedback from the audience and critical response, and also won Audience’s Choice Award and Best Music at Taipei Film Festival and other awards. His short film which is included in 10+10 (2012) with other Taiwanese directors was selected in Panorama section at the Berlin International Film Festival. His latest feature, Father to Son (2018), was selected in Big Screen Competition at 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam and would be released in 2018.


2010 Taipei Exchanges
2000 Mirror Image

Executive Producer  HOU Hsiao-Hsien

HOU Hsiao-Hsien, born in 1947, is the most important figure in Taiwan’s New Wave cinema movement, and one of the leading directors in world cinema. His A City of Sadness (1985) was the first Taiwanese film that won the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, and The Puppetmaster (1993) later won the Jury prize in Cannes. His latest feature The Assassin (2015), won the award for Best Director at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. HOU is also a producer who participated in ZHANG Yimou’s Raise the Red Lantern (1991). He has also actively participated in supporting outstanding directors from the younger generation, by serving as the Chairman of the Golden Horse Award and taking on the role as the executive producer for many films made by new directors, such as HSIAO Ya-Chuan’s Mirror Image (2000) and Taipei Exchange (2010).

2015 The Assassin
2007 Flight of the Red Balloon
1998 Flowers of Shanghai
1993 The Puppetmaster
1989 A City of Sadness


Michael JQ HUANG

A famous and senior Taiwanese actor who was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Bell Awards with the TV series, Wake Up (2015). He is active in films, TV dramas and on-stage productions, and was one of the supporting actor in HOU Hsiao-Hsien’s Lovable You (1981), and HBO Asia latest TV series The Teenage Psychic (2017).


2014 The Gathering
2008 Ballistic
1981 Lovable You


Born in 1981 in Taiwan, CHUANG Kai-Hsun graduated from the Department of Theatre Arts (Acting) at the Taipei National University of the Arts. He has played various roles in several films, TV dramas and on stage productions. CHUANG Kai-Hsun is awarded with the Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film at the Golden Bell Awards in 2015, and the Best Supporting Actor at the Taipei Film Festival in 2016.


2017 Who Killed Cock Robin
2016 The Tenants Downstairs
2015 Maverick

FU Meng-Po


As a young generation actor in Taiwan, FU Meng-Po attracts great attention from the audience since he began to take parts in commercials and TV dramas when he was a student. His first leading role is the TV drama Ba Ji Teenagers (2015), which made him a more popular actor and was nominated for Best Leading Actor at the 51st Golden Bell Awards in 2016.


2017 The Last Verse
2016 My Egg Boy


Aria WANG is a Taiwanese actress, TV show host and model. In the 1990s she has taken part in several TV dramas adapted from the works of famous Asian writer Chiung Yao.

TV Series

1996 Xing Meng Lei Hen
1995 Fantasies Behind the Pearly Curtain
1993 Mei Hua San Nong Zhi Mei Hua Lao

LU Hsueh-Feng

Born into a Taiwanese opera family in 1964, LU Hsueh-Feng is a senior Taiwanese opera actress and director, who can also be seen in various films and TV dramas. LU Hsueh-Feng is awarded with the Best Supporting Actress at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Awards in 2015, and has been nominated for the Golden Bell Awards several times.


2016 Welcome To The Happy Days
2015 Thanatos, Drunk
2010 When Love Comes 

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