台北 72mins 剧情片 2004年
演员： 陈煜明 钟以庆
装扮皇后：王学仁 王明璋 马翊航 赖昱琦
电影音乐：张羽伟 张见宇 陈建骐 钟国栋
2004年四十一届金马奖最佳台湾电影奖、最佳原创电影歌曲奖以及最佳造型设计奖 ◆ 2004年温哥华影展国际竞赛片◆ 第48届英国伦敦国际影展 ◆ 入围“2004年韩国釜山国际影展”亚洲之窗单元
<Splendid Float > (Taipei)
2002 72mins fiction
Director: Zero Chou • Cinematographer: Liu Yun-hou • Cast: Chen Yuming , Zhong Yiqing , Wang Mingzhang , Ma Yuhang , Lai Yuqi
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, 2004 *The Best Taiwan Film Award, *The Best Make up & Costume Design Award, *The Best Original Film Song Award • Vancouver International Film Festival, 2004 • Pusan International Film Festival, 2004 • CJ Asian Independent Film Festival, 2004 *CJ AIFF Audience Award• The 48th London Film Festival, 2004 • The 53th Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival, 2004 • Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2004
Rose (Roy) is a drag queen but in real life, he makes another dressing—a Taoist priest in rites. In an accidence, Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Sunny, is drowned. Requested by Sunny’s family, Rose serves the rituals of calling his soul back home, memorizing chants and other services.
All the funeral rituals are held in a familiar and common way. But Sunny’s family forget to bring his clothes when Rose was doing the service of calling Sunny’s soul back home. Without Sunny’s clothes as guide, Rose is worried Sunny’s soul can’t find the way home and thus he takes off the yellow shirt on him, which is actually Sunny’s shirt and ties it to the “soul-calling stick” to continue the ritual. Although everybody is grateful for that, they also wonder why Rose would wear Sunny’s shirt on himself.
In the ritual of settling soul, Rose holds out Sunny’s memorial tablet with honor. Sunny’s mother complains with sadness when seeing it, “ It’s because Sunny does not get married so that no wife or children can serve around now….” On hearing this, Rose feels so sad that his words just slip out suddenly that he is willing to take Sunny’s memorial tablet home as his “life spouse.” At this time, Rose’s father finds him too ridiculous about doing this and worried how he can manage their family industry in the future.
But, Sunny’s memorial tablet is still brought home by his mother not by Rose. The only thing Rose can do is just charge less on these funeral services.
The day before burial, Rose’s uncle and cousin help the dead put on some make-up and dress them up. Rose grasps the last chance to “see” and to “say good-bye” to his lover on this day before he is being buried. He is astonished to see Sunny being dressed on long robe and with a hat of Ching dynasty on his head, just like the people of Ching dynasty and no more difference from all the dead people’s dress before. “But, Sunny is a sunny boy!” he yells out with bursting tears “You are really ugly like that….”
Rose starts to think this traditional funeral ritual is not suitable for his beloved. He decides to bury Sunny in his own way. Then he starts to throw the “sacred pairs”(a pair of wooden tool in a shape of used in the traditional rituals in Taiwan) to request Sunny’s permission: “Will you go with me?” asked Rose. For times, the way the sacred pairs shows is negative. Rose asks again with anger and sadness, “ So, you really wanna leave me…?” and throws once more. He gets his permission this time; therefore, Rose requests for another memorial tablet of Sunny’s takes it home.
Sunny’s new memorial tablet is settled in front of the mirror in the “Splendid Float.” For those “cross-dressing sisters” who come to memorize Sunny chat with jokes to comfort Rose and relieve the sad emotions. Therefore, they start discussing: how much powder they should put to cover the beards? How many pairs of silk socks they should wear to hide their penis…? Rose wipes out his tears and realizes it should be laughters rather than tears to accompany Sunny.
When all the “sisters” stay around merrily in the front, Rose alone holds the mirror to see his own reflection, mourning for his loneliness. In this moment, he finds that Sunny stands beside him, looking at him affectionately. Rose says with excitement, “You are back?” and complains with happiness, “Please, do not send me yellow roses this time….”
“Mic test, mic test, mic test… “Splendid Float” is going to open the eternal heaven for you.” Shouted by those “sisters” in the front. Rose steps ahead to the front, amazed by the brilliant splendours and these gay performances. The atmosphere of masquerade is rising.
While Rose is singing excitedly on the float, Sunny is walking leisurely on the sandbank with bare feet. Sunny stretches out his feet to the cool water on the hot day. On seeing Sunny far away, Rose shouts out “Sunny is back.” But the sandbank is sinking, disappearing in the rushing river. Everyone starts to dance Cha-cha. Sunny’s yellow shirt is drifting on the rushing river. Everybody on this sandbank is on a spree, embracing with one another to circle Rose and Sunny inside. Rose is singing gaily, “Beautiful moments, splendid life and wonderful love make one moved.”
On the high way along sea-shore, the funeral process led by the senior old Taoist priest is carrying Sunny’s coffin to the graveyard. The splendid float follows along with it, sprinkling with brilliance.
When they arrive at the cemetery, aunt and cousin, one of whom plays male and the other plays female, dancing the games of “Yen-Lo(Hades) Jumping”(one kind of soul-calling ritual) Through this cross-dressing performance of dancing and singing, they are leading the dead to pass various gateways between life and death; suddenly, the music performance of “Yen-Lo(Hades) Jumping” and “Splendid Float” are overlapped and converged.
At the darken night, the funeral procession have left and it’s time the splendid float gives forth splendour and brilliance all over around. Cross-dressing sisters are all standing by to show up. “Mic test, mic test, mic test…….. Splendid Float is going to lead you in the eternal heaven.” Rose dresses gaily, walking toward Sunny’s tomb and Sunny is sitting on his own tombstone, staring at Rose. The prelude of “Yellow Rose” spreads out from Splendid Float at this moment.
On the high way along sea-shore, this splendid float full of coquettish drag queens speeds over at night. Wherever this float passes by, “underworld papers” fly to the sea. Every boat on the sea and every light on the road have witnessed the eternality of the past love in memory.
It’s getting bright at dawn. The very first sunlight shines on the tomb of Sunny. Rose is also greeting the sunshine in the morning by throwing the yellow shirt to the sea and amazingly the yellow shirt is suspending in the air. The splendid float leaves but merry singing stays, “Beautiful moment, splendid life and wonderful love make one moved…”
1989~92年电影年制片班，主修电影制片。◆ 1993年作品：1993《灯》，电影剧本，获选为“优良创作辅导短片”。 ◆ 1995《单打双不打》，电影书 (编著) ，获“金鼎奖”选为年度优良图书。 ◆ 1996《身体影片》，剧情片。 ◆ 1997《艺术家和他的女儿》，纪录片，民视“纪录台湾”节目特选播出。 ◆ 1997《走找布袋戏的老艺师》，纪录片，1997“金穗奖”纪实报导类佳作，获1997“地方文化纪录片影带奖”，获“1998新加坡国际影展”参展。 ◆ 1998《飘泊的港湾-基隆港》，纪录片，获1998“金穗奖”纪实报导佳作，获1998“地方文化纪录片影带奖”。 ◆ 1998《断曲》，纪录片，获1998“地方文化纪录片影带奖”，入围“1998台北国际电影节”。 ◆ 1999《辐射将至-乌丘》，纪录片。 ◆ 1999-2000《流离岛影》联合制片计划，推动十二位纪录片导演联合制拍岛屿纪录片。 ◆ 2001 创作《私角落》同志纪录片，被誉为“新世纪最亮眼的同志电影”，受邀十余国际影展参展。 ◆ 2002 “私角落”与“极端宝岛”纪录片，破天荒双双拿下「台湾国际纪录片双年展」大奖。 ◆ 2004 完成的新作“艳光四射歌舞团”，是第一部描写“扮装皇后”的剧情片电影，也是“同志彩虹电影计画”的第一部。
Chou, Mei-lin (Zero Chou)
Born in Keelung, Taiwan in 1969. Creatively and productively as she is, her works are both poetic and philosophically provocative that “amazingly make the content and the form an excellent combination.” She has been valued “ the most talented document director in the recent years of Taiwan,” who has often won the prizes in various film festivals.
Years of experience in independent documentary and visual art production, receiving 10 awards in total. Trying usually breaking a fresh path in making film to develop the documentary aesthetics. The creative work made usually in traveling around the country –Taiwan and all Islands surrounding to think deeply over the land, the culture, the humanity and the fate. A filmmaker full of potential in the cenozoic ones in Taiwan.
• B.A. of Department of Philosophy, National Cheng-Chi University in 1992 • Major in the Production of Cinema, Group of Cinema-Studying in 1993 • Screenwriter & Co-director of 16mm Feature “Every Odd-Numbered Day” in 1995 • Executive Producer of TV Documentary “The Bride from the Opposite Side ”, produced by Japan NHK Television Channel in 1996 • Writer of the book “Every Odd-Numbered Day”, selected by Annual Honorary Book of the Golden Tripod Award in 1997 • Location Producer of 35mm Feature “Flat Tyre ” in 1998 • Screenwriter & Co-director of 35mm Feature “Black Name” in 1999 • Director & Screenwriter of 16mm CF for Taipei and Taichuang County in 1999-2001 • Art Director of the image book “Floating Islands”, selected by Annual Honorary Book of China Times