Rail Truck

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 November, 2010, 12:00am

Japanese literary legend Ryunosuke Akutagawa's 1922 story about a young boy's rite of passage provided the inspiration for 2010 drama Rail Truck. This simple story follows the boy's life as he lives through joy, fear and elightenment during a trip along Japan's Izu Peninsula on a rail truck.

Hirofumi Kawaguchi's film, which relocates the story to modern-day Taiwan, adds multiple layers to the narrative. The ride on that rail truck is just one of many things Atsushi (Kento Harada) experiences during his visit to the Taiwanese countryside, a trip undertaken so as to allow his Japanese mother, (Machiko Ono, below with Harada), to return the ashes of his recently deceased Taiwanese father to his parents.

More than offering merely drama, Atshushi's rebellion against his mother and his growing connection with his grandparents could be seen as a reflection of the relationship between Japan and Taiwan. Beyond the allegories lie lush landscapes filmed by none other than Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing. Nov 6, 4.30pm, Broadway The One; Nov 7, 7.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.