Fisherman Ah-Hai is found dead of self-immolation during a village protest against a petrochemical company, an incident which instantly makes media headlines. Medical examiner Chou (Kang Jen Wu) is assigned to work on the case with Public Prosecutor Jin, who happens to be Chou’s former fiancé. They quickly suspect that Ah-Hai did not intend to self-immolate. As they seek to uncover the truth, Chou and Jin become entangled in a web of complicated business and political maneuvers, risking their personal safety and well-being.
High Flash strikes an intricate balance between plot-driven thriller and character-driven social drama. Underpinning the truth-seeking mission of Chou and Jin is a critique against a capitalist-driven society. Yet the film is by no means a one-sided tale, as it also explores the moral ambiguity of the protesters and villagers. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and in the end, who is to decide what actions are justified in the name of pursuing justice? -BX
Kang Jen Wu, Yi Ti Yao, Chia Kuei Chen, Yi Wen Chen, Wei Hua Lan, Shin Yin
Ching Shen Chuang
Ching Shen Chuang received his Master’s degree in Directing from the Taipei National University of the Arts. He served as the assistant director for 7 Days in Heaven and as the producer and cinematographer for Jump Ashin!. High Flash, his first feature work, was awarded the CNC Cash Prize at the 2013 Golden Horse Project Promotion.
2018 Taipei Film Festival
2018 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival