|Go Grandriders (不老騎士)
||[Aug. 19th, 2012|07:25 pm]
I discovered this documentary after watching this commercial
The commercial was based on a true story and documentary called Go Grandriders
(不老騎士) and has been my recent obsession.Synopsis:“Will you dare to dream when you are 80 years old?”
What will you do if you are half foot in the grave? Among the seventeen elderly, two are diagnosed with cancer, four with hearing aids, five suffered from high blood pressure, and eight taking regular medication for heart diseases; they dare to break the conditions confined by their decaying bodys and went on a motorbike-trip led by an eighty-eight year‐old Lai Ching‐Yen. The trip set off on 13 Nov. 2007, they battled to ride around Taiwan in 13 days, traveling through 1,139 km in rain and wind on their motorcycles. The leader Lai inspires his fellows with the belief that it’s never too old to dream. After this journey, these grand-riders wish to travel from Taiwan to the world and to share the spirit of being forever young. Leader Lai said: “Go grand-riders, Let’s bring the film to abroad! Let’s get old people from all over the world to bust up!”
The documentary is 50 minutes long with no English subtitles and can be viewed here. (Some parts are spoken in Mandarin and Taiwanese Hokkien.) I was really moved and inspired after watching it. Seeing these 17 brave elders in their 80s full of vitality, joy, sadness, determination and ambition had struck a nerve with me and I had a few tear jerking moments. One of the many poignant moments was when one of the riders shared his motivation for the journey: a long promise to his deceased wife of taking her to see many beautiful parts of Taiwan on a motorcycle. He carries a picture of her on his motorcycle throughout the entire trek. The film ends with this very beautiful musical piece:
Of Taiwanese national background, this movie reminded me of the spirited and welcoming culture of the Taiwanese people that I have forgotten about. I am proud seeing part of my culture exhibited in this movie. The DVD will be released on October 12, 2012 in Taiwan and I'm still waiting for the possibility of this movie to include English subtitles in the DVD. This is something the entire world should watch and enjoy.