Taiwan first female director Chen Wen-min (陳文敏), who also wrote several notable family dramas, has died at the age of 103 in Hawaii, her son said on Saturday.
Chen Yen-sheng (陳炎生) died on Friday morning, telling Taiwan New, adding that in her later years she had settled in Hawaii, where she was receiving end-of-life care provided by her three grandchildren who were doctors.
Chen praised his mother’s achievements, saying she began writing and directing films at a time when she was the sole breadwinner in the family, after her husband was injured.
The children had to chase trains and travel with their mothers around the country so they could show her films in open-air theaters, Chen said.
“My mother didn’t know how to fail, and she did all she could to support the whole family,” he said.
According to Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, Chen Wen-min and her husband opened the Ta Minh Theater (大明戲院) in The Sanchong District of New Taipei in 1954, but because of difficulties making money, she began writing and directing. Private films are shown at the family cinema.
Her films mainly focus on family issues and relationships, and they are particularly popular with female audiences.
Chen Wen-min’s best-known films include “Mang Mang Niao” (茫茫鳥) and “Bitter Love” (苦戀), two dramas about family and romance.