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CINEMAflix - 97 min
  • DIRECTOR: Hideto Sonoda
  • STARRING: Momoka, Masaki Terasoma

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Having lost all hope, Maria (a Japanese student living in Fukushima, Japan) attempts to end her misery by throwing herself in a lake where her spirit becomes intertwined with Taiwan’s 1st and 2nd president, Lee Teng-hui’s. They engage in a dialogue that reveals Lee Teng-hui’s unique spirit.

“Philosopher King” shows Lee Teng-hui’s spirit in unique documentary style with animation, CG, interviews, and close contact with Lee Teng-hi himself.


Japanese with English subtitle


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4 out of 5 stars

A thoughtful movie with a lot of heart!

November 19, 2018
Film Director Hideto Sonoda is a fan of Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, who oversaw the transition for Taiwan from dicatatorship to democracy.  The film focuses on his life story and its parallels with Taiwan's history.  The film weaves unconventionally between documentary and narrative/fiction story telling with visuals and perspectives showcasing a definite Japanese sensibility. All in all, Philosophy King is a film that argues for love and heart against evidences of fear and hopelessness.  A perspective that we need more than ever!