The Palace on the Sea
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    The Palace on the Sea

    Hai shang huang gung

    Directed by

    Taiwan, Myanmar


    15 min

    • Mandarin

    Drama, Short

    Produced by Wang Shin Hong participant of the Open Door Lab 2016

    Simple, yet complex. A man (Wang Shin-hong) meets a woman (Wu Ke-xi) on a moored ship, a sort of floating palace decorated like a Buddhist temple. The woman or her spirit struggles with her memories and the man takes on the form of a Buddhist monk in his next life. Complex and yet simple. The man, the woman and the camera move gracefully 'dancing' through the space. Only the thought of escape.


    Wu Ke-xi
    Wang Shin-hong
    Fan Sheng-xiang
    Lin Sheng-wen
    Sonic Deadhorse
    Midi Z

    Midi Z


    When camera is on, reality is gone.

    Midi Z was born in 1982. He was raised in Myanmar, Burma, but trained as an artist in Taiwan. His graduation short PALOMA BLANCA was screened in numerous film festivals. In 2009, he was selected as the leading screenwriter and leading director in the Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy organized by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien, Midi Z made a short fillm, HUA-XING INCIDENT. In 2011, he made his first feature film RETURN TO BURMA, which was selected by Busan Int’l Film Festival and premiered in Europe in the prestigious Tiger Awards Competition section of the 2012 Int’l Film Festival of Rotterdam. THE PALACE ON THE SEA has led to another Tiger Award nomination in 2014, this time for short films. Midi Z's ICE POISON (2014) won Best Film in Edinburgh and represented Taiwan at the Foreign Language Oscars. JADE MINERS (2015), his first documentary, screened at the Taipei International film Festval and at the Int’l Film Festival of Rotterdam, followed by CITY OF JADE which was selected at the Berlinale Forum 2016. He was awarded Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker in 2016 during the Golden Horse Awards to acknowledge his excellence in both feature film and documentary, as well as how his achievement broadens the horizon of Taiwanese cinema. His latest feature NINA WU (2019) is selected as part of Un Certain Regard at Festival de Cannes.

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