Touch Of The Light
Ni Guang Fei Siang
Directed by Chang Jung-Chi
Sometimes, the camera in TOUCH OF THE LIGHT appears like an inner eye that enters the world not so much through vision alone as through its relation to touch and sound. Taiwanese director Chang Jung-chi, not only offers beautiful images, it also serves up a feast for the ears. And with good reason: its main character is blind. Based on a true story, “Touch of the Light” follows Taiwanese pianist Huang Yu Siang from his countryside home to a university in Taipei where he enrolls in a music program. Yu-hsiang shines in the film, playing himself, which is a difficult task even for seasoned actors. Unlike the others students, who find their way easily in and out of the class room, Siang depends on the support of his peers to get familiar with his new surroundings. But he is a bit of an outcast, even with his infectious personality. He befriends and is befriended by a sweet tea shop worker, Jie, played by the beautiful Taiwanese actress Sandrine Pinna (“Yang Yang”) who dreams of returning to dance, the only way she seems to be able to open up and connect to the world. The beauty of this film, and indeed of its main subject, can be found in the details – so many priceless moments – a gesture here, an unseen look from his mother, a fingertip lingering over a light switch.At times, when you realize you are looking at something that the main character can’t see, it’s almost heartbreaking and the reaction is almost visceral. All of this points primarily to the compassion and sensitivity of the director, and to the entire cast. This adventure in cinematic pleasure is filled with humanity, fine music (with a soundtrack by Huang Yu Siang himself), dance and is a testament to the human spirit. Based on true events in the life of Taiwanese piano prodigy HUANG Yu Siang this is a story of inspiration, discovery and love.
ARRIVE EARLY TO ENJOY Special Cuisine and a Live Performance by San Francisco Guzheng Music Society and a SWORD DANCE by Kung Fu Master Justin Eggert and an interactive Tai Chi experience.
Presented by Taipei Economic & Cultural Office
Director’s Statement: The big smile on Yu-Siang’s face I saw when he was playing the piano was the first impression he left on me. It was summer of 2005. My subsequent friendship with Yu-Siang imbued and inspired my curiosity about the unknown world in which blind people live. If cinema could create a new world, I wish Yu- Siang could see himself and the gap between him and the world could be narrowed. If cinema could realize a dream, I wish all of us would listen to our long-lost inner voices and play the unique music of our own.
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