by TSAI Mu-ming

Hanzi is a documentary exploring international design, visual culture, and identity through the lens of modern Chinese typography. The film covers a variety of topics such as how languages shape identity, and what role handwriting plays in the digital age. Collaborating with filmmakers from many countries, Hanzi includes interview clips with Chineasy’s founder HSUEH Shao-lan, renowned font designer Akira Kobayashi from Japan, veteran Chinese font designer Sammy OR, and the last type foundry for traditional Chinese letterpress in the world, Ri-Xing Type Foundry. Focusing on Chinese typography with universally applicable insights, Hanzi encourages its audiences to revisit and rediscover their own culture, language, and identity.


2017 Singapore A Design Film Festival - Opening film
2017 Urban Nomad Film Festival - Closing film & Big Nomad Award
2017 USA Providence International Design Film Festival


Running Time: 57 mins
Year of Completion: 2018
Director: TSAI Mu-ming


TSAI Mu-ming

TSAI has directed three documentaries: Design & Thinking (2012), Maker (2014) and Hanzi (2017). His award-winning Design & Thinking and Maker were crowd funded on Kickstarter and distributed independently.
TSAI’s works have been selected at many international film festivals, such as CPH: DOX, A Design, Seattle Design, and screened worldwide at organizations like Google, Twitter, and Harvard University. As a Taiwanese filmmaker focusing on the innovation sector, TSAI produced Hanzi to explore international design, visual culture, and identity through Chinese typography.


Iris LAI

Iris is the co-founder of Muris Media and the producer of the following three feature documentaries - Design & Thinking (2012), Maker (2014), and Hanzi (2017).