The two films, the beautiful duckling, and the 10+10 are both set in Taiwan. The main reason for this is to enable the study of Taiwan and its culture among other characteristics. These films show how the Taiwan society runs themselves, the challenges that they face as well as their strengths as a small group in the society.
In the film, the beautiful duckling, there are many themes. For instance, there is the theme of love. It is evident from the relationship that the daughter has with the father that love is present in the family ant there is a tight bond between the father and daughter. This is also evident from the cooperation that they have with one another as a family.
Moreover, there is a theme of responsibility. The father and his daughter are so responsible to the duties given to them by the government. They show concern to the ducklings, handling them with care, providing for each of their needs, ensuring they all grow healthy and sound. This is a great sign of responsibility in the family and shows how much the citizens can be willing to offer.
Subsequently, there is also the theme of deceit. The neighbors become jealous of the success of the father and daughter and, therefore, set a plan to lure the lady and blackmail her into their group in order to at least ruin her or share her benefits with them. This is a typical example that occurs in most societies.
Besides, present is the theme of determination and devotion. This is by the urge to achieve their goals despite the odds and hostilities that they receive from their neighbors. The neighbors do not see the essence of all that they are doing, criticize, and humiliate them psychologically. However, the man and his daughter have the self-drive to go through all this and successfully emerge successfully.
Lastly, there is a theme of government concern. The government is showing interest in raising the standards of its citizen. This is evident by the services that it offers such as experiments that are of the intention of improving the agricultural productivity of the people. This is by offering the genetically enhanced ducklings for upkeep (Beautiful duckling, 1965).
The film 10+10 also has a series of themes from it. Firstly, there is the theme of History. The people of Taiwan have a high sense of respect and adoration for their history and culture. They believe in all their customs and follow them to the later.
That notwithstanding, present is the theme of political vigilance. This is where the government takes control of most of the decisions of the citizens. The government to some extent does not consider the thoughts of the citizens making it seem more of a dictatorial type of leadership.
There is also the theme of rebellion that is from this film. The citizens tend to be rebellious to some of the laws, commands, and opinions of the government. In most cases, they do not agree with the thoughts and actions of the government.
Some citizens, however, show extreme devotion to the roles and responsibility that is given to them. They are hardworking and have a vision of making their lives better. Not all have this trait though as some have disillusion and have lost hope on their government and even the fellow citizens (10+10, 2010)
There are a lot of similarities and differences in these two films. For instance, both the films show a sense of commitment and devotion to the roles offered to the citizens. This implies that the citizens of Taiwan are hardworking and ambitious towards their targets.
Both of the films also exhibit the character of rebellion amongst the citizens of Taiwan. This is not a surprise though since as a community comprises several people, so is the existence of different ideologies. The presence of different ideologies may thus bring disunity and rebellion. In both films, there is also the unfading illusion that the government cannot offer anything better to its citizens.
The major difference though is not even based on the themes. However, it is based on the sources of the films. The film, beautiful duckling is directed by a single person, whereas the 10+10 film is directed by 20 people.
The film beautiful duckling is a long single movie that takes 119 minutes, whereas the 10+10 movie is a collection of 20 five-minute films.
I prefer the 10+10 film to the beautiful duckling because it offers a lot of information regarding the lives of those who live in Taiwan. This is due to the many short films that show different happenings in the society instead of the beautiful duckling that is limited to the thoughts of just one director. This makes it a more reliable source of information as compared to the beautiful duckling.
These movies thus can give us a great deal of information about Taiwan and how they run themselves. Most of the traits depicted in these films are the reality of Taiwan, and it is thus true that the films give knowledge regarding any particular place.
Beautiful duckling, Dir. Yan Ya Ren Jia, 1965 film
10+10, Wang Toon,2010 film.