The Straits Times
Published on Nov 21, 2012

Blind pianist beats odds to become Taiwan movie star


TAIPEI (AFP) - Huang Yu-siang was born with a gift and a devastating disability. He has a huge talent for music, but he is blind. His story has become a movie that has captivated audiences in his native Taiwan.

The film, Touch of the Light, marks a double triumph for the 25-year-old.

First he overcame awe-inspiring odds by becoming a successful pianist in real life. Then he beat the odds once more by playing himself on the big screen.

"I was surprised by the warm reactions at home and abroad. Many people told me they were encouraged by the film to persist in their dreams," Huang told AFP in an interview.