The American entertainment magazine Variety reports that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has announced 25 animated films submitted for the 2018 Oscar Race. The Taiwanese animation film “On Happiness Road” is one of these Oscar candidates. This animation film had its Dutch premiere on 12 October as an Opening film during the CinemAsia On Tour TAIWAN FOCUS festival in Eindhoven.
On happiness Road was very well received during the Dutch premiere. The audience rated this Taiwanese animation film 4.65 (between 4 and 5 stars). The Oscar nominations will be unveiled on Jan. 22, 2019. The 91st annual Academy Awards will be held on Feb. 24, 2019.
Quest for personal happiness
When her grandmother dies, Chi (voiced by Gwei Lun-mei) returns from the US to her hometown to see her family. It rekindles memories of growing up in the tumultuous post-Chiang Kai-shek era, and forces her to reexamine why she once favoured western culture over her own. Sung Hsin-yin’s semi-autobiographical film recreates 40 years of contemporary Taiwanese history with vibrant colors, adorable characters and a unique animation style unlike anything ever made in Taiwan. Filled with genuine humanism and political insight, this moving story of one woman’s search for personal happiness invites us to reconsider the definition of happiness itself. Winner of the Grand Prize at Tokyo Anime Award and Taipei Film Awards.
About the director
” Hsin-Yin was born in Taipei. She studied Film Theory in Kyoto University, later graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a Master’s Degree in Film. Before becoming a ﬁlmmaker, HsinYin was a journalist, writer, store clerk at Kyoto karaoke and photographer. As a ﬁlmmaker, HsinYin is interested in using different ﬁlm genres to explore universal relationships among people. She has a particular interest in ﬁnding the pace of a ﬁlm through editing, like composing a piece of music. Her live action shorts such as The Red Shoes, Single Waltz have been screened at numerous international ﬁlm festivals. Her ﬁrst directing animation short won The Best Animation Award at 2013 Taipei Film Festival. On Happiness Road is her ﬁrst animation feature, and she is also working on her ﬁrst live action feature Love is a bitch.”