One Day

Synopsis: A visual love poem of magical realism.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Chi-jan Hou
  1 win & 3 nominations.
93 min

What's up?


Are you okay?

What are you looking for?

Mum, did you see my compass?

Your compass?

Don't you have it

with you all the time?


Well, did you check under the bed?

Is it there?

Here, pull it out.

See, here it is.

Eh, weird,

why didn't I see it just now?

Aren't you going to

work on the ferry tonight?

Why didn't you sleep in?

I couldn't.

Why not?

I had a dream.

I dreamt of Dad!



He looked so young.

But I still couldn't hear what he said.

I couldn't see his face either.

How would you know it was him

if you didn't see his face?

I just felt it was Dad.

Hey, you really love

that compass, don't you?

Here is some herring roe.

Take it to the Captain.

What for?

He's been so helpful to us!

Did you hear me?


Are you going to Kinmen

or Xiamen tonight?


To Xiamen next week.

It looks like the ferry has arrived.

Would you like to go in earlier today?

I'm afraid it may rain later

in the afternoon.

Singing? Singing?


Here you are!


Why did you come in so early?

The typhoon is coming.

I'm afraid it may rain later.


I'm afraid that there will be

so many people on board tonight.

I don't think we'll have time to sleep.

It's okay, auntie.

You just go and rest

when you finish it here.

Thank you so much...

It's alright. I'll stay here.

Okay, see you later.


Instant noodles, please.

Do you have hot water?

Hot water? Over there.

There is a long queue!

But that's the only place.

Then I'll have bread instead.

Which one?

That one.

This one?


As the typhoon is approaching Taiwan,

the oil tanker Colombo Queen,

stranded off Jialeshuei, Pintung,

has to stop cleaning the oil spill.

The Environmental Protection Bureau

expresses that

despite cleaning process

has been stopped,

the workers will

still be there on duty.

Michael Jackson, King of Pop,

is reported to have died of heart attack

in his rented mansion

in Los Angeles today,

aged 50.

The LA police received the report

at 12. 12pm local time on Thursday.

It was three this morning Taipei time.

By the time the ambulance arrived,

he had stopped breathing.

After the resuscitation

carried out on site,

he was sent to the UCLA medical center.

He was pronounced dead

before arriving at the medical center.


Auntie Chen?

Auntie Chen?






Come in!

Come in, quick!

Who are you?

My name is Tsung.

Where are the others?

I don't know.

Then why are you here?

We're not in the real world.


We're in a dream now.

In a dream?

What does he want?

It's okay.

He's just hungry.

What are you talking about?

Why can you understand him?

He's just looking for water.

Since we're in a dream,

it should be possible for me

to speak his language.

Try. Try to say something.

What should I say?

Ask him where he comes from.

Remember, just concentrate.

Try to speak his language in your mind.

Then speak it out.

This is not our boat.

Where are you heading?

I'm going to Kinmen.

Where is Kinmen?


Is an island between Taiwan and China.


This boat is bound for Buenos Aires.

A horse!

Take it with you.

Mum, I don't need it.

It's okay.

You should have more money with you

when you leave home.

It's fine if you don't waste it.

Mum, do you remember

what Dad looked like?

Of course!

I don't think I remember

what he looked like.

That's impossible.

Didn't you say

that you dreamt of him

quite often recently?

I had that dream a few days ago.

The face became so clear.

But I don't think it was Dad.

Then, who was it?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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