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A movie director whose grandfather contributed to education in Taiwan depicts former-president Lee Teng-hui, "Father of Democratization of Taiwan"!


such a wish seems childish

and the world is covered

with thick clouds of "fear."

O u t l i n e

Lee Teng-hui, who is the 8th and 9th President of Taiwan. He founded the first democratic state of Chinese without shedding any blood. Democratic Taiwan was born from the growth of Lee Teng-hui's spirit. The secret of Lee Teng-hui's mind will be shown through a dialogue between Maria (a Japanese student living in Fukushima) and Lee Teng-hui's spirit. "Philosopher King" shows his spirit in unique documentary style with drama and animations.

K e y  P e r s o n

Former President

Lee Teng-Hui

Born in Taiwan in 1923. Graduated from Kyoto Imperial University, Faculty of Agriculture. Entered Japanese Army in 1943. After the war, entered National Taiwan University. Studied at Iowa State University and Cornell University in the U.S. and became a professor at National Taiwan University. Joined the Kuomintang in 1971. Joined the cabinet as a Minister without Portfolio in Executive Yuan in 1972. Became mayor of Taipei, chairman of Taiwan Provincial Government, and vice president. Became president after President Chiang Ching-kuo died in 1988. Elected president in 1990, elected in the first direct presidential election in Taiwan in 1996, served as president for 12 years, and democratized Taiwan. Stepped down from the presidency at the end of his term in 2000.


Movie Director

Hideto Sonoda

Born in Miyakonojo city, Miyazaki prefecture in 1970. Grew up in Ina town, Kitaadachi County, Saitama prefecture. Graduated from Waseda University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Philosophy. Established a film production company, Reiciel Studio, Inc. in 2003. Produced TV commercials for more than 100 companies, conducted education for film production, and produced movies. All of his works have the theme of love, and "Philosopher King" also has the themes of love and faith. His grandfather worked at Taiwan Government-general during the war. His mother was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and came to Japan after the war.


Taiwan had been completely banished from the center stage of history since withdrawal from the United Nations in 1972. Even though Taiwan became rich economically, their voices couldn’t be listened by other countries because other countries considered China which claim the possession of Taiwan with military force. However, the birth of President Trump is changing this situation dramatically. Friendly calling between President Taiwan and President America that has never imaged for last 40 years. It seems like the end bell of world murder Taiwan with silence.

At the time when Taiwanese voice had no power, Chinese National Party's dictatorship was changed into democracy without any blood by the father of Taiwan democratization, Lee Teng­Hui. He is “Philosopher King” who think, nurture thought and act with its thought.


Nowadays, Taiwan begins to attract attention. The regent Taiwanese achiever of Quiet Revolution, Lee Teng­Hui. His spirit will be a hint and a gospel for people all over the world who seeks democracy through this film at these days. And it will be able to give identity for all Taiwanese people and former religious country, Japan. In addition, viewing Lee life as a human being, his distress, faith and thought will give great hints to modern people.


Lee Teng­Hui received Japanese education until 1945, so it's not too much to say that Japanese education established Lee’s achievement. Taiwan and Lee cannot be told without Japanase education. Director of “Philosopher King ~Lee Teng­Hui’s Dialogue~”, Hideto Sonoda has the best family lineage for making this film. His mother is Taiwanese born Japanese. And his grandfather is an educator who did his best for progress of Taiwan. It is clear that Sonoda is the best director to tell Lee through this film.

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