From Now On

by Akira CHEN

It has been eight years since Typhoon Morakot, the deadliest typhoon to impact Taiwan in recorded history, swept through Siaolin Village, Taiwan. It left 462 inhabitants dead, including Mr WENG Jui-chi’s beloved family. Like the other 46 survivors, WENG struggled to face the recurrent nightmare after losing his family, tackling the regret and guilt of being left alone.

From Now On unfolds how WENG gradually picks up his life and releases himself from the prison of grief. Director Akira CHEN spent three years with WENG, documenting his life in the aftermath. Within the simple, direct, and straightforward frames lies a story of life, recovery, and rebirth.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Running Time: 85 mins
Year of Completion: 2016
Director: Akira CHEN

ABOUT DIRECTOR

Akira CHEN

Akira CHEN’s work focuses on social engagement. His first documentary feature, Home, co-directed with GU Show-faye, was nominated for Best Documentary at Golden Horse Awards 2004. He has kept sharing his concern about environmental issues with his films ever since. Apart from documentary filmmaking, he is also active in political and social movement. He worked as a journalist and once ran for a legislative position. Now he is the head of Changhua County Cultural Affair Bureau, trying to generate more impacts on the society.