Taiwanese film nominated for top award at Hawaii festival


TAIPEI — Taiwanese director Doze Niu’s (鈕承澤) military drama “Paradise in Service” (軍中樂園) has been nominated for the top award at this year’s Hawaii International Film Festival.

“Paradise in Service” was nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award, which is given to the narrative and documentary films “that best express artistic and technical excellence and promote cross-cultural understanding,” according to the festival’s website.

The coming-of-age story, set in the 1960s when tensions between Taiwan and China were at their highest, follows the adventures of a young conscript as he arrives in Taiwan’s outlying island county of Kinmen and begins his military service.

The conscript is eventually transferred to work in Unit 831, the code name for frontline brothels, where he encounters a range of characters and develops friendships with the people there.

The award winners will be announced on Nov. 4.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the festival organizers, is presenting a “Spotlight on Taiwan” segment in which five feature films and two short films from Taiwan will be screened.

They are “Paradise in Service;” the baseball movie “Kano;” action thriller “Black and White: The Dawn of Justice 3D;” teen comedy “Meeting Dr. Sun;” mystery thriller “Partners in Crime;” and short films “Doppelganger” and “The Busy Young Psychic.”