Synopsis A peasant woman, Chiu-Ching Lee. In order to have enough money for her son’s wedding, volunteers to sell herself into the remote mountains. Little did she know that she had been bought by as many as seven men, too poor to wed properly. Arriving at the mountains without expecting to marry seven husbands, and suffering from daily hardships and struggles with her seven husbands, she makes several futile attempts to escape. Slowly she begins to understand the live of her seven husbands. Her hatred and fear towards them gradually become sympathy. The selling of women is a mercantile activity often seen in Mainland China Nevertheless, it is an illegal act harboring the possibility of arrest and imprisonment. Living under the constant fear of being sent to the border provinces for political reform this alleged family attempts to win the favor of the local official by risking their lives to hunt down a tiger. Finally Lee and her husbands marriage ends in tragedy.
Synopsis “Honor Thy Father”. This is a book written by Wang Ten-mei, mother of Wang Chen-chih, the world renowned Japna-based Chinese baseball player. In the year 1927, Wang Ten-mei married a Chinese citizen Wang Shih-fu in the midst of then height of the social unrest. Two years later, they purchased a Chinese noodle house where three children were born to them. On May 10, 1940, Wang Chen-chih, the youngest son, was born in an awful health shape. He even couldn’t walk until he was two years old and looked awfully skinhy. His mother turned to a temple, praying for Buddha’s blessing. Wang Chen-chih was one of the twins. But in his early boyhood, another twin sister died. As the local felks believed, when one of the twins dies, the other could not possible live. Now, Wang Ten-mei had to visit both the Buddha temple and hospitals all the time. In his primary school days, Wang Chen-chih began growing taller and began playing baseball stealthily because his father disagreed. Shortly thereafter, when he was a first year student in sonior high school, he began winning widespread fames in the baseball circle. He wore No. 1 in the baseball games. Thanks to his extraordinarily outstanding performance, his baseball team won the championship. He further ascended the ladder of further success in the Giant Team. His name virtually became a household word the world over. He remained in the worldwide fames until he retired in the year 1981.
Synopsis It describes about a man, “Door Latch”, he followed the Government and moved to Taiwan in 1949. They concealed their real name and got many trials and afflictions to adapt the circumstances in the special environment. Yueh-Shiang is a classic woman in China country. For requiting the graciousness of saving life and under-standing of “Door Latch”, she recognized the fortune and suffered hardship to teach their children without any complains for her life. It’s very touching that “Door Latch” looked after his friend, Lee Der-Sherng, as his family. For his life, he took the place of another under false pretences to get a job. He suffered many difficulties and interesting things, but finally he could face the problem and solved it. They grew their children up in the hardship life. During this period, the Government spread the new circumstance. When the Government opened visiting parents to the China Mainland, they suffered a great stimulation. Finally the secret was discovered, they stood the sorrow and curbed the experience of their lifetime……
Synopsis FIRST DATE is a touching portrayal of an adolescent’s journey to self-discovery in the late 1950’s in Taipei, Taiwan. FIRST DATE is a gentle and humorous story of transition from childhood to adulthood; tradition to modernization; to the cultural encounter between East and West. Yang Jia Luo is a mischievous adolescent who attends a strict disciplinary high school. Bored and unchallenged at school, Jia Luo fantasizes about true love. Joining him in his exploits are his buddies, Mousie and Birdie. Armed with a stethoscope, they spend countless hours peeping on the neighbor, the beautiful sailor’s wife through a hole in the wall in Jia Luo’s room. To escape the ugly reality of his drunken would-be writer father and his unfaithful mother, Jia Luo struggles to better himself and dreams one day of becoming a novelist. Through time, Jia Luo develops a special relationship with his chemistry teacher and counselor, Mr. Liu. Nearly failing a semester’s worth of work, Mr. Liu becomes a mentor to young Jia Luo and more importantly, a source of inspiration. His inquisitiveness of the outside world is fed by the often incorrect tidbits he garners from his classmate, Yo Niao, a rich braggart and the son of a high ranking official. After Yo sets off an explosion in chemistry lab, Mr. Liu beats him for his carelessness. Yo is humiliated and after the incident, Mr. Liu vanishes from school. Jia Luo becomes suspicious of Yo’s – rather, his father’s – involvement with Mr. Liu’s absence. He seeks revenge by attempting to steal Yo’s girlfriend, the heavenly Ms. Jade Cloud Forest. FIRST DATE is a portrait of the complex emotions of youth and the simple pleasures of growing up.