Kaohsiung served as an essential military base under Japanese rule. The city suffered heavy casualties during the 228 Incident, in which the government violently suppressed civilians. The film shows how everyone survives and preserves their memories through the different eras of oppression.
About Lau Kek-Huat
Born in Malaysia, Lau Kek-Huat came to Taiwan to study film and became a filmmaker based in Taiwan. His creative interests start from his family background. His works attempt to gradually uncover historical and national issues that Malaysian Chinese cannot bring up locally. The documentary Absent Without Leave explores why his grandfather is absent from family conversations and talks about the taboo history of the Communist Party of Malaysia. At the same time, his debut feature film Boluomi is based on his grandfather’s story. The Tree Remembers describes the Malaysian government’s racial policies and the current racial divides. Both his documentaries Absent Without Leave and The Tree Remembers still face censorship challenges today in Malaysia, while censors have also targeted the feature film Boluomi.