Taiwanese dementia documentary captures essence of life
“The Long Goodbye,” a documentary film on senile dementia by Golden Horse Award director Yang Li-chou, was a hit among cinemagoers when it was released in Taiwan last November, generating nearly NT$1 million (US$33,898) in one week.
“I wasn’t expecting so much resonance,” Yang said. “In fact, I was not confident and was afraid no one would be interested in watching a movie on the elderly and dementia.”
He was proven wrong. During the film’s previews at colleges nationwide, Yang personally experienced the power of his movie, which has touched people’s hearts and helped mend and strengthen family relationships.
“One student who broke down said when he saw a protagonist of the documentary singing ‘Momotaro San,’ he thought of his deceased grandmother, because that was the first song she taught him,” Yang recalled.