The Dragon Legacy
Modern day Taiwan is in many ways a reflection of ancient China, preserving the cultural legacy of the world’s oldest existing civilisation. While post-war mainland China went through its revolutionary turmoil, setting aside most of its traditions in the process, Taiwan chose to preserve them. The island has become one of the last havens of the sophisticated and secular Chinese lifestyle. THE DRAGON LEGACY brings to light some of these enduring traditions in art. It offers insight on how calligraphy, painting and opera have become highly refined as art forms over the centuries. This film also explores Chinese philosophy and religion, from Confucius to Taoism, as it is still being practiced. In present day Taiwan as in ancient China, daily life and the afterlife, the past and the present, are all inextricably linked. "The Dragon Legacy" is an immersion into the past of the fascinating and complex Chinese civilisation.