Crazy Calligraphy

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Crazy Calligraphy

Directed by Adiong Lu

  • Taiwan 2012; 15 min
  • Original version: Taiwanese, Mandarin
  • Genre: Documentary

    2014 Chinese Visual Festival
    2014 Cyprus ISFF
    2013 Taipei FF


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In a small town in southern Taiwan, there is an artist who has devoted his whole life to reviving the dying art of Chinese calligraphy. His “Crazy Calligraphy Class” has been running at the local temple for fifteen years, free of charge.

His name is Kesan, a self-taught calligrapher who casually spews poetry and ancient literature, both on paper and in daily conversations. Though he views himself as a literatus, he is actually more like a rocker (who may also be off his rocker). His wife is powerless to change him, and his daughter thinks he is an incurable weirdo. A calligrapher immersed in ink, Kesan is a poet, a husband, and a father – albeit one who seems to be living in the wrong era.

From teaching the local butcher to recite poetry to exposing folks from all walks life to ancient Chinese culture, Kesan is a one-of-a-kind artist whose story is just waiting to be told.




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