Republic of China, without People! Chapter 1: Chinese SUSHI Demo / Stop Motion Animation / 2:34 / 2007

“Republic of China, without People!” is a black comedy stop-motion animation about modern Chinese history and manipulative politicians. Studying in Germany made me aware of the unique nature of every culture, and I became driven to discover my own cultural identification. This animation consists of several chapters proceeding from the Opium War in 1842 to Modern Society. Chapter One: Chinese SUSHI (Eight-Nation Alliance), Chapter Two: Godzilla is coming (Second Sino-Japanese War), Chapter Three: Civil War, Chapter Four: Chinese Dream.

 

Concept outline:

I love to watch and make animations whenever I have free time. Growing up in Taipei, which is full of animation and comics, both Japanese and American, I watched a tremendous amount of manga, cartoons and animation.

Two Japanese masters of animation inspired me when I was teenager. The first is Osamu Tezuka, and I have watched almost all of his masterpieces, such as Black Jack, Astro Boy, and Phoenix. After reading his autobiography, I believe he is so successful because his mother told him: “you should work doing the thing you like most of all.”

Hayao Miyazaki, a master of hand-drawn animation and the head of GHIBLI Studio, is the second. Beautiful and touching, Mr. Miyazaki’s works share his concern with environmental protection.

The very first time I made a real animation by myself was in 2002. My classmate Danny and I finished a children’s animation about Confucius as our Graduation Project. Despite their popularity, I do not like Disney’s animations because they are too commercial and the figures all have the same style. Since we admired the dynamic style of British animator Nick Park’s “Wallace and Gromit,” we chose Park as our inspiration. Even though it took us one year and a lot of frustration to use “Stop Motion Technique”, we eventually completed this animation, which sparked a fascination with the texture of “Stop Motion Technique”.

Three years later, I discovered many new animations while studying in Germany. Inspired by the Czech Artist Jan Svankmajer’s work “The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia,” which examined the tragedy of Communism, I came up with an idea to tell the story of my own country in terms of Chinese Modern History from the Opium War in 1842 to the present. The idea is a joke about the official names of Taiwan and China. Taiwan is officially called the “Republic of China”, while China is officially called the “People’s Republic of China,” which resulted in the ironic name, the “Republic of China, without People!”

“Republic of China, without People!” is a black comedy stop-motion animation about modern Chinese history and manipulative politicians. Studying in Germany made me aware of the unique nature of every culture, and I became driven to discover my own cultural identification. This animation consists of several chapters proceeding from the Opium War in 1842 to Modern Society. Chapter One: Chinese SUSHI (Eight-Nation Alliance), Chapter Two: Godzilla is coming (Second Sino-Japanese War), Chapter Three: Civil War, Chapter Four: Chinese Dream.

Finally, from a simple young animation fan, I am now using animation to tell many of my dreams. In my dreams, I have my own interpretation of history or familiar stories. I would be happy if you happen to find that you gain interests, excitements, and even inspiration from my dream. However, I would be sorry if anything angered you or caused you to think I am insane. Regardless of whether you think it is a good dream or nightmare, it is my cherished dream.