Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
When the ghost of a former patron comes to haunt him, a bereaved Taiwanese cab-driver finds solace in the notion that there is indeed life after death. Though it has been years since his son suffered an accidental fatal fall from a rooftop, Ah-De remains trapped in a vortex of grief. Before the incident, Ah-De had been happily married and was actively involved with campaigning for the rights of Taiwan's indigenous people, but after his son's death, Ah-De withdrew from the world and his loved ones, causing his wife to leave him. Since then, Ah-De immersed himself in his career of driving a taxi in Taipei. One day, he stops to pick up Mah-Le, a native Taiwanese who came to the great city to find his parents. Just before hailing Ah-De's cab, Mah-Le had cut off the head of his construction boss with a ceremonial sword in retaliation against the latter's constant barrage of racial slurs and his cruel treatment of Mah-Le. The killer is caught and executed, and afterward his spirit comes to reside in Ah-De's cab, causing the cab driver to rethink his notions of an afterlife. This simple but dramatic tale was screened at the 1998 Venice Film Festival.
accident, death, escape, execution, ghost, haunted, loneliness, murder, music, racism, search, separation, son, taxi