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Asian Project Market
Rail Truck

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Rail Truck

Directed by Kawaguchi Hirofumi

  • Japan, Taiwan 2009; 116 min
  • Original version: Min Nan, Mandarin, Japanese
  • Genre: Drama

  • From the director of SING, SALLY presented at Asian Project Market


The film revolves around Yumiko and her sons Atsushi and Toki. Her husband and their father recently passed away and so, they have come from Tokyo, with his ashes, to his parents’ home, a mountain village in the south of Taiwan. The eldest son Atsushi, is strongly conscious that in ethnocentric Japan he is ‘different’, and so, is in a state of rebellion against both the society in which he has grown up and his mother. Setting out on a journey aboard an old-fashioned hand-powered ‘rail truck’, Atsushi discovers a world outside of his family and his school, and is forced to confront the question of what it means to be both an ‘elder brother’ and a ‘son’.



    Kiwamu Sato