Love Suicide at Snow Melting Train is inspired by an incident that happened during the early days of the Japanese Colonial Rule. Japanese prostitute Naruto and lover Umehara Suetaro eloped, hanged themselves in Dadaocheng, and were buried together in a Hiyokuzuka (“lover’s grave”) in the then San Ban Qiao Graveyard (currently Park No. 14 and 15). The Hiyokuzuka is a unique Japanese custom which involves the burial of lovers who could not be together during their lifetime, granting their unfulfilled wishes after death. The Hiyokuzuka in San Ban Qiao is a unique case of cultural transfer of immigrants who traveled to Taiwan with the Japanese government, mixing foreign and local culture, at the same time reflecting the special historical scenario and social structure of Taiwan.
Love Suicide at Snow Melting Car takes a section of traditional Japanese song “The Love Suicides at Sonezaki: Journey Scene” and retells the love story that happened in Taiwan, ultimately comparing San Ban Qiao with its postwar transformation into Chinese community Vil. Kang Le to show the diversity and richness of Taiwan culture.