GODSPEED

DIRECTOR & WRITER
CHUNG Mong-Hong

CAST
Michael HUI
Na Dow
Leon DAI
TOU Chung-Hua
Matt WU
Vincent LIANG
CHEN Yi-Wen
Vithaya PANSRINGARM

PRODUCER
YEH Jufeng
TSENG Shao-Chien

GENRE
black comedy

FESTIVAL & AWARD

* Toronto International Film Festival – Vanguard
* Vancouver international Film Festival – Dragons & Tigers
* Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival – Opening Film
* Golden Horse Awards – 8 nominations; won Best Art Direction
* Tokyo International Film Festival – World Focus
* Asian Film Awards – 3 nominations: Best Film, Best Actor (Michael Hui), Best Original Music
* Santa Barbara International Film Festival – International Competition
* Hong Kong Film Awards – Best Film From Mainland And Taiwan
* Cleveland International Film Festival – Pan-Asian Films
* Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival – Asian Frontiers
* Buenos Aires International Film Festival – Late Night
* Udine Far East Film Festival – Competition
* Singapore Chinese Film Festival – Chinese Panorama
* Seattle International Film Festival – Asian Crossroads
* Edinburgh International Film Festival – World Perspectives, Best of the Fest
* New York Asian Film Festival
* Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival – World Fantastic Red, European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF) Asian Award
* Melbourne International Film Festival
* Sarajevo Film Festival – Kinoscope
* Focus On Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival
* Chinese Film Media Awards – nominated for Best Actor (Michael HUI) and Best Supporting Actor (Na Dow)
* CPH PIX
* Denver Film Festival – World Contemporary Cinema
* International Bosphorus Film Festival (Distant Lands)
* Five Flavours Film Festival – New Asian Cinema Competition
* Taiwan Film Festival Bangkok
* Black Movie Geneva International Independent Film Festival

SYNOPSIS

Na Dow, who grew up lying, stealing and fooling around, decides to straighten out and takes his first steady job as a courier. The job is simple: hail a cab at sunrise, deliver a package to a close friend of Na Dow’s boss, and return on the same cab by sunset. Little does he know that he would be delivering heroin of top-notch quality.

Na Dow hesitantly gets on a shabby taxi driven by the carefree Old Xu, a Hong Kong native who came to Taiwan 25 years ago and somehow decided to stay. Na Dow’s plan to reform himself and Old Xu’s wish for a peaceful life take a downturn when they become the target of a mob attack. The drugs and the money are gone, and Old Xu and Na Dow are held hostage in the trunk of a car.

People say “Godspeed” to bid farewell, as blessing and hope. A journey is not always smooth sailing, and fate may change in a split second. This film serves to remind us to look back at what we miss and pick up, even just a fraction, what we feel as human beings.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

CHUNG Mong-Hong was born in Ping-Tong, Taiwan. He received his B. S. in Computer Engineering from National Chao Tung University in Taiwan, and his M. F. A. in Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 1997, Chung has directed more than one hundred TV commercials. In 2008, his first long feature film Parking was selected in Cannes Film Festival for the Un Certain Regard section. His second long feature film, The Fourth Portrait, won him the Best Director of Golden Horse Award in 2010, and has been selected in Locarno and Toronto International Film Festival. His third long feature film, Soul, was also selected in Toronto, Tokyo and Busan international film festivals. Godspeed is his 4th feature film.