It is a well-known fact that many Koreans emigrated to Japan and China during the Japanese colonial rule. However, it is relatively less known that around 3,000 Koreans immigrated to Taiwan during the same period and some chose to remain even after the liberation from Japan. Tales of the Lane is about the stories of women who have been living in Taiwan since. The first thing that catches the eye in this film is the old stories told by women who now have become 'grandmothers'. They speak Taiwanese, Japanese, and intermittently Korean and lead us to reconstruct and imagine the history we were not aware of, with their complicated stories that could not be covered in 30 minutes. When a woman tells her old story in Taiwanese while making kimchi, wearing her T-shirt that read Jesus loves me, we learn that there is 'our story' that we did not know.
Between 1910 and 1945, more than 3,000 Koreans came to work in Taiwan, at the time also a Japanese colony. In 1945, Japan was defeated and Koreans living in Taiwan were repatriated. However, due to limited resources for repatriation, 358 Koreans stayed in Taiwan. Most of them lived on Victory Lane in Keelung. This film portraits three Korean women in their 70s. Torn between two countries for their entire lives, they have struggled over whether to stay physically and mentally.
HUANG Wei-Sheng has a long-term focus on the relationship between people and the land. His documentaries were selected for film festivals at home and abroad.
MYO Aung is a Burmese-Chinese documentary and short fiction film director. His works focus on the present Myanmar and the Burmese immigrants in Taiwan. Rooster was selected for the Generation competition of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival.
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