Directed by Joseph Chen-Chien Hsu
taiwan | 20 MINS | 2015 | chinese (english subtitles)
SIANG is a 13 year old orphan girl who works for a gang as a street vendor.
Her dream is to move to Taitung for pursuit of a better life.
One day, when she attempts to secretly get on a train, her boss notices and gets rid of her train ticket.
When Siang feels like there’s no way out, she meets a street MONK, who begs for money on streets in a vow to silence.
Intrigued by his silent kindness and in order to fulfill her duty as a street vendor, Siang joins the monk traveling door to door for later to find their partnership is mutually beneficial.
But the fun journey between Siang and the Monk spirals into something unexpected.
Joseph Chen-Chien Hsu
Joseph Chen-Chieh Hsu was born and raised in Taiwan.
After pursuing a nuclear engineering degree while working as a cartoon script writer, Joseph has realized his true love is filmmaking.
He is currently a candidate at NYU TischAsia, pursuing an MFA in film production.
His latest short, The Lobster Kid, has its World Premiere at the Oscar-qualifying Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2015 at Asia International competition.
The film has been invited into more than 20 festivals including winning as the recipient of the Festival Golden Reel Award in Short Filmmaking in Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2016.
He is the member of Tokyo Talent camp which cooperate with Berlinale talent camp 2014 and Kyoto Filmmaker Lab.
Joseph has been working on short films around Asia including Korea, Japan, Nepal, Singapore and Taiwan.