Synopsis by Mark Deming
Actor Leon Dai directed this drama of a man driven to the end of his rope by an uncaring legal system. Li Wu-hisung lives with his young daughter in a makeshift home near the shipyards of Taiwan. Li has had little luck finding a steady job, so he does odd jobs on merchant ships -- often punishing and dangerous work -- to keep his daughter fed and clothed. Despite the difficult circumstances of his life, Li is a loving and devoted parent, but when his daughter is accepted into a better school, child welfare workers decide that his home is not a suitable environment for the girl and she's placed in a foster home. Neither Li or the girl are happy with this situation, but the harder he tries to plead his case and win back his child, he sinks deeper into the mire of bureaucracy, and eventually he turns to desperate action. No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (aka I Can't Live Without You) received its North American premiere at the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival.