Prince of Tears- -
A shameful period in Taiwanese history provides the backdrop for this emotional drama from writer and director Yonfan (aka Yang Fan). In 1949, in the wake of the 228 Incident (in which anti-government protesters launched a rebellion that was violently put down by authorities), Taiwan came under martial law, and through much of the 1950s brutal reprisals against suspected communists were commonplace. During the years of the "White Terror," thousand of supposed dissidents were killed, imprisoned or simply disappeared at the hands of the military police.
This moving film by writer and director Yonfan is set against a repugnant moment in Taiwanese history (aka Yang Fan). Taiwan was placed under martial control in 1949 as a result of the 228 Incident, in which anti-government demonstrators started an insurrection that was forcefully put down by authorities. Throughout most of the 1950s, severe retaliation against suspected communists was frequent. Thousands of alleged dissidents were murdered, imprisoned, or simply vanished at the hands of the military police during the “White Terror” years.