Go Grandriders (2012/ Taiwan/ Dir. Tian-hao Hua/ 90 min/ In Mandarin & Taiwanese with Chinese & English subtitles)
“When you are 80, do you still dare to dream?”
On average they are 81-year-old, but they dream the dreams of an 18-year-old.
They will tell you, through life-long experience, “miracles do happen as long as you continue to dream!” Among these 17 “Grandriders,” two have battled cancer, four need hearing aids, five suffer from high blood pressure, eight have coronary diseases, and every one of them has symptoms of joint degeneration. Yet, they courageously embark on a 13-day, 1178 km motorcycle ride around Taiwan to reminisce, and rekindle the love with the land they have lived on their entire life.
Go Grandriders is not only a documentary about the grand riders overcoming old age, it is a compelling collective human story that looks back at the generation’s past. While being nostalgic about their passionate youth, the grand riders realize their lingering hatreds and disgraces from the island’s history of war have faded over time. They wash off their past in Taiwan’s turbulent development, riding away on their scooters.
Go Grandriders is in Taiwan’s history, the best sold, locally produced documentary. The film was also nominated for a Mecenat Award in the Busan International Film Festival.
Post-screening discussion panelists include members of cast of Go Grandriders and Ms. Yi-ying Lin, Executive Director, Hondao Senior Citizens' Welfare Foundation.
*Post-screening discussion conducted in Mandarin
Video: Watch a trailer for Go Grandriders (4 min., 24 sec.):