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Stranger in the Mountains
This third act of Lee Li-shao’s documentary trilogy centres on Kuomintang troops left in northern Thailand after the Chinese Civil War.
More than 50 years have passed since the Chinese Civil War ended and the Chinese Nationalist Party retreated to Taiwan, bringing with it whatever was left of its armed forces. However, some KMT troops remain scattered in Northern Thailand along its border with Myanmar, fighting a forgotten war. Practically stateless but not repatriated, they put their roots down in a foreign land and toil in exchange for Thai citizenship… though in their hearts they stay loyal to the Chinese Nationalist cause.
In this final instalment of director Lee Li-shao’s trilogy on Yunnan-Burma border guerrillas, Lee explores the futures of these un-repatriated veterans through the lives and aspirations of their children, who navigate the blurred boundaries of their own identities as Thai or Chinese.
Cast & Credits
Lee Li-shao has been shooting documentaries since 1999, with 20 works of various length under his belt. A graduate of Shih-shin University and the Beijing Film Academy’s directing programme, Lee has shown widely in film festivals worldwide. He has won the Golden Harvest Prize, presented by the Taiwan Film Institute, four times.
Chen Li-wen, Wu Jia-hui, Quan Guo-wei