A Family Tour

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Taiwan | 2018 | 109 minutes | Ying Liang

Like Ying Liang’s previous film, When Night Falls , his new one also exposes Chinese authoritarianism—but this time it's personal, loosely based on his experiences after When Night Falls outraged the government and forced him into exile.

"The semi-autobiographical 'The Family Tour' is Ying Liang's most highly polished film to date."—Variety

Ying Liang's debut, Taking Father Home , was a movie that already showed his powerful sense and sensibility. But The Family Tour confirms his ability to convey disconnection, to show how his own experience as an exiled Chinese dissident director can become both personal—autobiographical, almost—and universal, with a caring sense of despair when it comes to finding yourself in the ones who love you. To quote directors like Jia Zhangke or Ning Hao (whose work can be felt in Liang's cinematic DNA) is to undermine Liang's heartbroken ode to despair. But is also impossible to deny their phantom presence. The movie follows Yang Shu (Gong Zhen), a director who must live in exile—and what better place to feel in exile than that ghost town that is a film festival? Ying uses cinema, both as a setting and as a medium, to create a family drama: He becomes political by making tangible how a daughter/mother relationship and their overdue reunion has been reshaped by exile, making this distance the perfect example of how identity works, of how everyone around us defines our place in the world—even If we don't call this place home. Liang's comedy and love take care of his characters and us, showing how tender his emotional filmmaking style can be.

— Juan Manuel Dominguez

Director Biography
Ying Liang is an independent filmmaker originally from Shanghai, China. He studied art in Beijing and filmmaking in Chongqing before settling in Zigong of Sichuan Province. Since his directorial debut in 1999, Liang has directed four features and more than a dozen shorts, including A Family Tour, which garnered the International Film Critic FIPRESCI Prize at Brisbane International Film Festival, and When Night Falls , which won Best Director and Best Actress at Locarno International Film Festival.

Sponsored by Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, Ministry of Culture, Taiwan Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, Taiwan Studies Program at UW

  • Original Language Title: Zi you xing
  • Director: Ying Liang
  • Principal Cast: Gong Zhe, Nai An, Pete Teo, Tham Xin Yue
  • Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong , Singapore, Malaysia
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 109 minutes
  • Producer: Lee Shu Ping, C.melanopterus, Jeremy Chua, Fang Meng Jen
  • Screenplay: Chan Wai, 33, Ying Liang
  • Cinematographers: Otsuka Ryuji
  • Editors: Liu Yue Xing
  • Music: Tseng Yun-Fang
  • Filmography: When Night Falls (2012); Good Cats (2008)
  • Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Golden Scene Company Limited