My American Grandson
by Ann Hui
Director: Ann Hui
Script: Wu Nien-jen
Cinematographer : Lee Ping-bin
Editing: Liao Ching-song
Cast: Carina Lau, Ma Wu, Wong Kwan Yuen, Wang Lai, Sun Peng
Production: Golden Film Ltd.
35 mm, Colour, 104 min,
OV Mandarin with French Subtitles
Awarded at Singapore Film Festival
With kind support of Taipei's representative office in Paris
Ku's children have moved to the United States while he remained behind in Shanghai. He is a vigorous sixty-year-old man, with a much younger roommate and an amusingly consistent series of quarrels with one of his neighbors. Basically, everything is serene and tranquil. However, his children have chosen to send their American-born son to stay with him while they take a tour of Europe. At first, it is difficult for everyone to adjust: the boy has a hard time with outdoor toilets, shared bedrooms, and communist-style classroom lessons, and not long after arriving he runs away for a while. He soon returns, and before long he is teaching the neighborhood kids how to play basketball and conduct an aerobic workout.