Synopsis Wai-Tung Gao has made it in America – a sizeable4 bank account from shrewd real estate investments, a beautiful brownstone in Manhattan which he shares with his white lover Simon, citizenship, and ten thousand miles between himself and his parents in Taiwan, parents who are wondering why he hasn’t yet gotten married. Simon senses the underlying tension that nags at Wai-Tung each time he has to deal with his elderly parents’ pleas from abroad, and proposes a solution: marry Wei-Wei, a cute young Chinese artist who’s been illegally subletting one of Wei-Tung’s Soho apartments. She’s behind in her rent, more than a little flirtatious with Wai-Tung and desperate for a green card. A deal is struck, and Wei-Wei moves in while she and Wai-Tung study each other for the inevitable immigration interviews. Little did Wai-Tung think that his parents would get it into their heads to fly to America for the wedding… With the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Gao, what began as a white lie turns into a full-fledged farce. And soon what was to have been a simple City Hall ceremony is transformed into an enormous wedding banquet. With the house turned into a crowded hive of activity, each character begins to change: Wei-Wei begins to like her new in-laws; Simon, posing as a roommate who will soon be moving out, finds himself relegated to the background; and Wai-Tung, cornered in on all sides, grows more and more tense. The banquet turns out to be a wildly drunken affair, culminating in an all-night drinking party in the newlyweds’ hotel room where Wei-Wei makes a drunken lunge for her cute husband,… …and soon discovers that she’s pregnant. Wai-Tung is appalled. As is Simon, who takes the news to be one more sign of a failing relationship and considers moving out. As the tension rises to a boiling point, Mr. Gao suffers a mild stroke. In a hospital corridor, Wai-Tung finally comes out to his mother, who makes him swear that he won’t let his father know the true story, which, she says, would kill him. For Mrs. Gao, the news is a terrible tragedy, but even worse is Wei-Wei’s determination to have an abortion and go back to China. But on the day the abortion is scheduled, old Mr. Gao lets Simon in on a little secret of his own…
Synopsis Set in 1927, HILL OF NO RETURN depicts the experiences of gold miners during Japanese occupation of Taiwan. The film follows two brothers. Ah-Chu and Ah-Wei who have indentured themselves to a landlord in order to pay for their parents’ funeral. They soon escaped, to Gold Toad Mountain, the gold mine of northen Taiwan. They rent a small room from Ah-Jou, a widow who has lost two husbands within six years. To keep her children fed and clothed. Widow Ah-Jou even sells her body. Ah-Chu hates to see this woman humiliate herself in order to survive, and helps her from time to time. They fall in love gradually. Meanwhile, the gold rush has plunged the town into smuggling and prostitution. Japan’s attempts to “rehabilitate” the miners and prostitutes are met with resistance, However, the resistance only leads to disastrous consequences for both miners and prostitutes.
Casting: Chao-Jun CHEN、Yu-Wen WANG、Kang-Sheng LEE、Chang-Bin JEN、Tien-MIAO、Hsiao-Lin LU
Synopsis Hsiao-Kang decides not to participate in the college entrance examination. He takes a refund on his cram school tuition, and opts for the bright light of downtown Taipei. He comes across Ah-Tze, who he clearly remembers as the bike-riding vandal who once hit the family taxicab. Hsiao-Kang follows Ah-Tze and his girlfriend Ah-Kwei through the heavy rain to a hotel and quietly plots to haunt Ah-Tze’s beloved motorcycle. Ah-Tze discovers the limits of his luck; not only is his motorbike mysteriously destroyed, but his best friend, Ah-Bing is beaten up. And he has fallen in love with Ah-Kuei. But Hsiao-Kang’s fates are no better. His father has kicked him out for quitting school, and now he does not know where to go.
Synopsis “Pushing Hands” is a tai chi movement designed to balance the body when facing assault. “Pushing Hands” depicts the lives of Mr. chu and his only son who resides in the United States. Mr. Chu is a retired tai chi coach in mainland China. His wife was killed during the Cultural Revolution, leaving him to raise their only son, Alex. Alex grew up and received college education in the United States where the sought a better living for himself and his father as well. Alex has a son by his marriage with an American, Martha. Upon retirement, Mr. Chu travels to the U.S. to live with Alex’s family. However, Martha, who works at home as a writer, regards Mr. Chu as an “intruder.” Partly because of their language barrier, the two are unable to get along well with each other. As time progresses, their tense relationship deteriorates. Martha can hardly write with a peaceful mind at home. Her relations with Alex are strained because of her Chinese in-law. The family verges on breakup. One day Mr. Chu meets a widow who teaches cooking at the same Chinese language school where he taught tai chi to kill time. Mr. Chu seems to be very fond of Mrs. Chen, the widow. Alex takes the opportunity to try, and tye the matrimonial knot between his father and Mrs. Chen. A second marriage, Alex thinks, will help improve his father’s relations with Martha.But Mr. Chu is angered by Alex’s idea. Mr. Chu leaves home and earns a meager living by washing dishes at a nearby Chinese restaurant. Time and again, the restauranteur criticizes Mr. Chu for working too slowly. Mr. Chu finally loses his temper and stands up to his boss, who consequently fires him. In the ensuing melee, Mr. Chu knocks his boss to the kitchen floor and beats up five gangsters who had run to the aid of their boss. Over a dozen New York cops are called in to apprehend Mr. Chu and put him in jail. Alex bursts into tears upon seeing his father in jail. Despite his efforts to help his father escape his bitter life in mainland China, Alex realizes that they can no longer live together. On another front, the media coverage of the fighting at the Chinatown restaurant makes Mr. Chu into a well-known Kung Fu fighter. He now coaches packed classes at the Center for the Elderly in Chinatown to earn his own living, and he still enjoys dating with Mrs. Chen.