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Plot: Set in the island Kinmen, often seen as the most dangerous military base because it’s geographically close to China, “Paradise in Service” follows the adventure of a boy who serves his military service in Unit 831 from 1969 to 1972, in preparation for a war that could erupt anytime. Through an unlucky lottery draw result, Pao, a twenty-something young man from Southern Taiwan has to serve the military in the remote and perilous Kinmen. Moreover, he is assigned to the Sea Dragon (ARB), a unit noted for the toughest physical training. It never occurs to Pao, however, that the greatest challenge in his military service lies not in the Sea Dragon but in Unit 831, a special task he is later appointed to… In this peculiar assignment, Pao vows to keep his virginity against all odds.
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Doze Niu’s vain attempt to Hou Hsiao-hsien’s gradualistic aesthetic
“Albeit its fine production value, pulchritudinous shoreline and small-town setting, the film is irrevocably marred by Niu’s macho prospective in term of his treatment of female characters, mostly, the double-standard towards prostitutes and her clients, for example, Lo’s abrupt cop-out of consummation with Nini on the eve of her departure smacks of a man’s ingrained disparaging of a female sex worker, and a patronizing stance of preserving the purity (which is totally for his own sake instead of hers, as it is her makes the first move), and Jiao has to take her lump for acquisitiveness, but shouldn’t she be smart enough to keep obvious harms at bay as a seasoned strumpet whose sole purpose of surviving is to find a way out? One can read a lot of connotations through a director’s subjective options in telling the story, and in Niu’s case and in hindsight, it becomes somehow telltale that he has been embroiled in sexual assault allegations since 2018 in the MeToo era, as the movie itself can bear out his own tunnel vision regarding the better sex.”
The achingly beautiful film is lushly produced, and features a hauntingly heartfelt performance by Chen Jian Bin
For playing a gangster with a heart of gold in Monga (2010), 31 year old Taiwanese good looker Ethan Ruan took home the Best Leading Actor prize at the 47th Golden Horse Awards. While we do not have not have much qualms about his acting, we thought such accolades were meant for more veteran actors. The Taichungborn actor rose to fame in the Taiwanese drama Fated To Love You, and has a steady fanbase made up of, yes, nothing surprising here – teenage girls.
From a business point of view, it makes perfect sense to cast him as an army conscript from southern Taiwanwho’s selected shortly after arriving on Kinmen to be a part of the elite Sea Dragons amphibious force by a tough sergeant major. Alas, our protagonist cannot swim and is promptly transferred to the infamous “831” unit, also known as “Paradisein Service.” There, soldiers are serviced by comfort women and our leading man works through the administration side of things, never once touching the girls. But how long does that last, you ask?
Appearing in his third film directed by Doze Niu (after 2010’s Monga and 2012’s Love), Ruan delivers a decent performance here. We empathise with him as his friendship with one of the ladies blossoms into full-blown love. We feel for him as he fights his own demons and the conflicts of interest he faces. He questions his own promise of celibacy and the promise to his country.
But the character who tugs at our heartstrings in this Golden Horse nominated film is Chen Jian Bin’s strict sergeant major. His haunting performance as an illiterate northerner who is struggling to learn the Taiwanese dialect is almost heartbreaking, as the fierce character often intimidates soldiers with his tough front. It is his story that highlights the true tragedy of the screenplay. A man who is forced to fight against the country he once called home is stationed on an island where he feels like an alien, forced to fight the people whose accent seems more familiar, he encounters a personal war. Displaced, disillusioned by propaganda, demonised by the destruction and a pending tragedy with a prostitute, Chen’s wonderful performance embodies the Taiwanese struggle (for those of you who know Taiwan’s history well).
The film has streaks of brutality in Niu’s previous gangster picture Monga, but the 134 minute movie is anchored by a large dose of melodrama. Men desperately declare love and marriage while others vie to have every woman available. Larger than life characters from both sides create moments of humour and pathos to get your attention. There could have been more effort put into fleshing out the supporting characters, including a bespectacled conscript (Wang Po Chieh) subjected to bullying by his fellow soldiers, a prostitute (Regina Wan Qian) who is selling her body to reduce prison time and an alluring woman (Iven Chen) who dreams of a better future while seducing men with empty promises.
Technically polished, the film is a joy to look at. It benefits from cinematographer Charlie Lam’s beautiful lensing and auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien who takes on the role of editing director and co producer. At the end of the two odd hours, you’ll walk out of the cinema pondering how a war can impact life in so many different ways.
Original Language zh
Runtime 2 hr 13 min (133 min)
Genre Drama, History, Romance
Director Doze Niu
Writer Doze Niu, Li-ting Tseng
Actors Ethan Juan, Jianbin Chen, Regina Wan
Country Taiwan, China
Awards 7 wins & 15 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa Plus, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory Taipei Post Production Corporation, Taipei, Taiwan
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Gemini 4:4:4
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (2.8K) (source format), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic), D-Cinema