Running Time: 5 episodes / Production Year: 2004~2006 / Broadcast: PTS Taiwan, 13 Jan 2007
Spending over three years in production, the 5 part documentary traveled to the United States, China and Russia documenting the legendary life of Chiang Ching-Kuo who studied in Russia at a young age; returning to China then retreat to Taiwan with the KMT; the man behind the “white terror”, and the man who started the economic miracle.
First Episode: In 1925, the son of Whampoa Military School commandant, at 16, Chiang Ching-Kuo along with KMT and CPC youth went to Moscow Sun Yat-sen University and with the transformation of Chinese politics and the split between the KMT and the CPC, Chiang Ching-Kuo became an important variable in Moscow…
Producer: YEH JUFENG
Associate Producer: CHO LI
Associate Producer in USA: PHILLIP HSU
Associate Producer in Russia: AILING KUNG
Director: TANG SHIANG-CHU
Project Planning: LIN CHING-JIE, SUN MIN-LIN
English Translators: TONY CHANG, TOM SHU-YU LIN
Russian Translator: AILING KUNG
Cinematographer: HO KUN-DI & PTS Crew
Cinematographer in H. K.: KWAN PUNG-LEUNG
Sound: TANG SHIANG-CHU, TU DUU-CHIH
Editors: LIAO CHING-SUNG, HSIAO JU-KUAN
Music: JEFFREY CHENG
Chiang Ching-Kuo’s life from birth to death is basically an epitome of Chinese contemporary history; his road to central power, every history event is linked with each other and through these events we could almost get a peek into his heart and brain, of course we can’t make any judgments. This documentary took us three years and across Taiwan, US, China, Hong Kong, and Russia, the immensity of this project was far more than what I’m capable of.
The reason why I was interested in making a documentary about him was that our lives now or the future, and whether we love or hate him, Chiang Ching-Kuo is closely connected to us; making him our subject allowed us to get close to the first hand information which allowed my friends and I to understand our situation and how the society evolve now. And this is also what we want to pass on to the audience.
*Best Director for Non-Fiction Program & Best Editing at the TV Golden Bell Awards, 2007.