Hsiao Ya-Chuan
Taiwan | 2018 | 115 min | Mandarin





Featuring a complex, multi-linear narrative, Father to Son focuses on 60-year-old Van Pao-Te, an amateur inventor and hardware shop owner who discovers he has a life-threatening disease. Rather than concentrating on his illness, he embarks on a trip from his native Taiwan to Japan—with his son in tow—in search of the father who abandoned him in his youth. Organised by chapters, the plot drifts between past and present and intertwines three generations of memories, with stories unfurling between the family-owned workshop, a laundromat and an old hotel—locations apparently connected by Van Pao-Te’s secret past. Concurrently, a young man from Hong Kong, who is himself somehow connected to Van Pao-Te, arrives in Taiwan and begins his own journey of reconciliation.


  • Hsiao Ya-Chuan

    Hsiao Ya-Chuan

    Born in 1967, Hsiao Ya-Chuan is a graduate of the National Taiwan University of Arts. His previous features are Mirror Image (2000) and Taipei Exchanges (2010). Hsiao also directed Something’s Gotta Give, a segment of the 2012 anthology film 10+10. “The origin of Father to Son comes from two aspects that join in a single path,” Hsiao says. “I’m a father now, and I have a father. I wanted to join the stories of my ancestry and my daughter. The second reference is Taiwan’s own history. The main objective of my film is joining both aspects.” He adds, “I understand life in a way in which 90% of our existence is already determined by our history, but there’s 10% left in which we can alter our destiny. The representation of that 10% is maybe what can make the film more complicated.”



Director - HSIAO Ya-Chuan
Producer - HSIAO Jui-Lan
Screenwriter - HSIAO Ya-Chuan
Cinematographer - LIN Tse-Chung
Editor - LIAO Ching-Song
Sound - KUO Li-Chi


47th International Film Festival Rotterdam — Big Screen Competition
Voices 37th Vancouver International Film Festival Official Selection
18th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival – Competition
20th Taipei Film Awards – Best Director / Art Design / Music
42nd Montreal World Film Festival – Competitive Sections: Chinese Film Festival
20th Taipei Film Festival – Opening Film
25th Titanic Budapest International Film Festival – Asian Winds 45th Film Fest
Gent (Ghent) – Official Selection
3rd London East Asia Film Festival – Official Selection
1st Taiwan Film Festival in Sydney – Closing Film