Sustaining a cut on a cheek? That’s the least of harms that could befall a fireman.
Because you were caught in a domestic quarrel? Isn’t that almost shameful?
Three men on the job question what it takes to achieve greatness – to be a great fireman.
They’re on duty on the eve of Chinese New Year, and are despatched to attend to the most mundane and trivial of cases.
It’s a night of indignity, humiliation and homesickness.
They were tricked, humiliated, and forced to discipline unruly kids, all whilst on duty on the eve of Chinese New Year.
Where is the glory and honour in their service?
Is it stuck in bureaucracy? Protocol? A pay raise? Pleasing people in the higher-places?
Over the course the night, the three men overcome their own contempt for each other and hold out for what they believe in.
The tension and conflict was all superficial, because then there was finally a call that made them realise what their service really meant.
‘Ashes’ was in the official selection at the 50th Golden Horse International Film Festival in Taiwan and the Singapore Chinese Film Festival in Singapore. It competed at the Golden Harvest Award and also screened at the Youth Way-Light Film Festival in Taipei.