Liu Pi-chia is Richard Yao-chi CHEN's thesis film at UCLA. During his time in the US, CHEN read on the newspaper that people had died constructing highways in Taiwan. He wanted to make a film about this but after his return to Taiwan, the constructions of highways were completed. He then changed his filming location to the construction site of a large dam in Hualien. He chose LIU Pi-chia as the protagonist of his film from many he had interviewed. With the narration dubbed in English, the film opens with LIU Pi-chia introducing his own name, age, and where he was from. He then explains his work and life at the dam building site from a first-person perspective. When the film was made, films about ordinary people are rare; this film was dubbed as the first cinéma vérité documentary film in Taiwan, and was selected for screening at the Flaherty Seminar in the US.
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