The Lanfang Republic

Katsuya Tomita


Genre : Fiction
Length: 80’
Project status: Development
Budget : 981 931 €
Acquired budget: 72 931 €
Funds: TAICCA (development fund)
Shooting country: Taïwan

Dié Mèi and Ace are like brother and sister. One is a pop star in Taipei while the other joined the mafia there, betraying members of the Amis tribe to which they belong. After the death of her mother, Dié Mèi loses her voice. Ace, seeking redemption, must confront attacks from his gang. Like in the Amis myth, they both try to escape the deluge.

Katsuya Tomita

Note of intention

President Tsai Ing-wen’s 2020 election victory unveiled a new republican ethos, evident even in indigenous villages with a history of 400 years of suffering. Unlike corruption-ridden Japan, Taiwan seeks a renewed Republic embracing its history. We swiftly connected with the Republic of Lanfang, Asia’s first republic founded in 1776 on Borneo by Chinese Hakka and indigenous peoples.
In Tainan, we encountered Da Si, a Taiwanese hip-hop legend, and connected with artists from Taitung. The film’s music, notably DAMI’s Niange rap with traditional master Xiangyang, struck a chord.
Meeting Paiwan musicians like A Bao and Yougu underscored indigenous music’s significance in modern Taiwan. Our film immerses in their lives, offering a multicultural view of Taiwanese youth and the hip-hop scene: a Tainan dialect-speaking man in a tech factory, a Paiwan rapper living in the wild…
Exploring indigenous quests for autonomy, independence, and harmony, our film delves into Taiwan’s societal fabric.


Katsuya Tomita

Born in 1972 in Kofu, Japan, Katsuya worked as a construction worker to finance his films. In 2003, Above the Clouds launched his career. In 2011, Saudade premiered at Locarno IFF, and Bangkok Nites in 2016. Tenzo won the Audience Award at FIDMarseille in 2019.


• Tenzo | 2019 | 59′
• Bangkok Nites | 2016 | 183’
• Saudade | 2011 | 167’
• Off Highway 20 | 2007 | 77’
• Above the Clouds | 2003 | 115’


Production : House on Fire (France)
Producer: Vincent Wang

Production : House on Fire International (Taïwan)
Producer: Nobu Tsai

Production : Kuzoku (Japan)
Producer: Atsuko Ohno, Terutarô Osanaï

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Chloé Galibert-Laîné

Dan Sallitt

Paula Rodríguez Polanco

Serge Garcia

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Advik Beni & Nehal Vyas

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