台灣 Taiwan | 2005 | 31分鐘 min | 彩色 Colour | DCP
國語對白，中英文字幕 In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles
In Taiwan, every healthy young man has the duty of performing mandatory military service. Tom Lin drawn from his own experience serving as a coastguard when creating this story that happened in one long night between three coastguards of different ranks. While uniforms create the sense of comradery, the twisted power dynamics, bullying and coerced orders in the name of strict discipline are often what leads to the titular pain of others in the military. The three coastguards respectively played the parts of bearing the pain inflicted, creating, and regarding that pain of another. Lin's high contrast lighting and hand-held shots point at issues of the military traditions of shock education.
Nominated for Best Short Film, Golden Horse Awards 2005
Best Narrative Film and Special Mentions, Taipei Film Awards 2006
Best Fiction Short, Best Screenplay, Golden Harvest Awards 2005
Born in Taipei. Graduated from the RTF department of Shih Hsin University in 1998, and later received his MFA from California Institute of Arts. Early works included The Olfactory System (1997) and Parachute Kids (2002). Later, The Pain of Others (2005) won Best Fiction Short at Taiwan Golden Harvest Awards and was shortlisted at Golden Horse Awards for Best Short Film. In 2008, his first feature Winds of September won him Best Original Screenplay at the Golden Horse Awards and Best Screenplay at Taipei Film Awards. Exploring human emotions through adapting real life stories, his incredible films include Starry Starry Night (2011) and The Garden of Evening Mists (2019). Zinnia Flower (2015), based on the story of how the director got over the pain of losing his beloved wife, was chosen as the closing film of the Taipei Film Festival. Active in directing, screenwriting and literary writing.