Casting: Rene LIU、Doze NIU、Chao-Jong CHEN、Yi-Nan SHI
Synopsis Jia-Chen Du has placed an ad in the personals seeking a marriage partnen Short, sweet, and to the point. The ad says. “First friendship then marriage. Serious applicants only.” So she places the ad-and what follows is a parade of weirdos from all walks of life. Young, old. Betel-nut-chewing, tie-sporting, women dressed as men, men acting like high schoolers—you name it, they appear on her doorstep. Based on a popular stage play, this comedy takes a close look at the agonizing process of seeking love and what one often ends up finding instead of it.
Synopsis In the criminal cases department of a police station somewhere in Taipei is Abula, a department head straight as an arrow and enemy of all who find themselves on the wrong side of the law. His rebellious teenage son, Ali, is constantly at odds with him. Abula falls in love with Ching, a pregnant, unwed illegal immigrant caught by the authorities trying to enter Taiwan. She has her baby, and although Ching herself is repatriated to China, Abula helps her to find adoptive parents for the child. Meanwhile, Ali’s girlfriend is beaten and raped by triad members. In a rage, Ali goes out seeking revenge but barely escapes with his life, rescued by one of Abula’s colleagues. Faced with the triads’ arrogance in the face of the law and the loss of Ching, Abula decides that the only way to uphold truth and justice is to fight evil with evil, violence with violence. As a result, a final bloody battle is about to take place…
Synopsis I. ”Queen of the Bench” A bit player with more enthusiasm than roles, Li Li has been anticipating her big break for years now. One day that big bread comes-but she quickly learns that You have to watch out what you ask for, Because sometimes you just might get it… II. “My Own Personal Gun” Ah-Tsai is a sixteen-year-old rebel with a risk-taking streak. As a prank, she drugs a novice cop and steals his gun, Sending him on a wild goose chase for his weapon. Gleefully hooked on her dangerous new plaything, She waits for her little game to end. III. “A Dog from Hong Kong” Ah-Liang’s only friend is a little white dog, One day it gets lost and the two girls who find it dye it brown as a practical joke, As a result, Ah-Liang doesn’t recognize it as his own, but when the dye starts to wash out, this little joke among friends takes an unexpected turn.
Synopsis Seven days to the twenty-first century. Somewhere in Taiwan, the rain won’t let up, A mysterious disease reaches epidemic proportions. The government demands a massive transfer our of the quarantine zone. But some residents still refuse to move away. In a run-down public housing building, a man is awakened from a nap by the doorbell. A plumber has been sent by the downstairs neighbor, who has been complaining of a leak. The plumber doesn’t solve the problem, but does leave a sizeable hole in the middle of the man’s living room. The man doesn’t mind the hole much. In fact, he finds the hole useful for learning about his downstairs neighbor, a woman who stockpiles toilet paper. He quickly becomes fascinated by her to the point that he doesn’t want the plumber to come back. Then comes the fatal day when his neighbor develops the symptoms of the mysterious disease…A love story for the millennium.
Casting: Na TANG、Eli-Na SHIH、Ching-Hsin CHEN、Hui-Jen LIAO
Synopsis 1. Ah-Sheng is a baker. Homely and awkward, the only bright spot in his dull life is nervously observing Li-Hua, once his best friend in elementary school, now a beautiful young woman who buys lemon pies at his bakery everyday but doesn’t recognize him. He is tormented over whether and how to let her kown that even after she mysteriously disappeared one day when they were young, he has never forgotten her and her friendship. He finally decides to participate in a televised singing competition to give the performance of his life. 2. Fat Sis is a typist whose head is filled with gossip and shopping. One day she finds a beeper and takes it home. Consumed with curiosity, she finally calls the person who keeps paging her and discovers a sexy male voice at the other end. Much telephone flirtation follows until Remeo insists on meeting in person, subjecting a frantic Fat Sis to two weeks of weight-loss hell. The day arrives, and clad in her best and brightest, she waits expectantly for her knight in shining armor. 3. Ah-Sung is a reluctant door-to-door salesman. Young and insecure, he goes to Li-Hua’s beauty salon to sell his wares and ends up getting a haircut because he is too tongue-tied to start his sales pitch. Suddenly, a crazed customer attacks Li-Hua, intent on killing her for having an affair with her husband. Ah-Sung saves the day, and he and Li-Hua escape up to the roof, where they end up spending a wordless afternoon together, two strangers taking comfort in their mutual isolation. This is a movie about the heartbreak and humor of falling in love, falling in like, and the general chaos that hits our lives when we do, regardless of age, beauty or waistline.
Synopsis Two girls both named “Mei Li” who live their own drifting aimleasly life. One day, the creato let them come across and know closely in the ticket booth which marked “No Admittance” Finally, they find the love and enjoy their life experiences each other.
Casting: Shin TIEN、Chia-Lin PARNG、Hsing-Wen LI、Geng-Hung LIU
Synopsis The army: a stronghold of manliness, a symbol of machismo. But out of nowhere comes a group of female students from colleges across the country to grace the military camp at Cheng Gong Ling with their presence. They have arrived ready to face what will be the first military experience of their lives-and likely their last. Donning military uniforms doesn’t mean losing their femininity, of course. This fact, in the fact of the rigid rules and exacting demands of their team leader, results in a variety of hilarious situations. Meanwhile, the women continue to strive to meet military requirements, one by one cutting short their long hair and eventually making it through by mutual encouragement and support. In the end, they manage to survive the ultimate test; a battlefield simulation. After this moving display of cooperation, even the army officers start looking at them in a different light. When training is over, they must return their equipment and go back to their normal lives. But changing back into civilian clothes doesn’t mean changing back into their civilian selves; the women find that they still retain remnants of their military habits. Even as they reluctantly wave goodbye to each other and part ways, each of them knows that this brief period of time in their lives will undoubtedly also be the most memorable.
Synopsis Xia-dou and Ji-dan left their families and friends in Thief Village to sit in a dungeon as substitute prisoners in exchange for favor from the local law enforcer. The warden, knowing they are good in physical skills, sent them on a side job. The kids broke in a heavily guarded examination ground, swapped two exam papers for the client and stole a pair of golden eyes from a big lion chop for themselves. The missing gold detoured the detective’s trail to the master schemer. As the conspiracy unfolded, the governor decided to eradicate the whole village to cover up his involvement with the master schemer. Life in Thief Village has never been easy. But fate never mocked them so hard. It turned out that the gold they so cherished was fake. So were many other things they believed in. In despair, Xia-dou’s great grandfather, the 125-year old personage called upon the sky and received a most fantastic answer.
Synopsis The film, with a half-documentary style, offers a picture of the people lived in the village and their lives in the earlier 50’s Taiwan women-mourned for their sorrowful lives for being a wife and a mother. Women have to be obedient to their father & mother-in-law; women have to nurse their children. However, men-must be a “man.” Instead of living in a stable life, he would rather go after a vagabond existence, pursue love outside his hometown, and release himself for freedom, even he lost his wife. An extraordinary film portrayed three generations of women’s lives in Taiwan.
Synopsis In a Taipei apartment live Xiao-Kang and his parents. Each leads a separate life. The mother has a lover. Xiao-Kang has his own tryouts. The father pursues a solitary quest for illicit pleasures in the city’s gay saunas. They live together, but are miles apart. As an extra in a TV commercial, Xiao-Kang plays a body adrift in a dirty river. Ever since, an insufferable pains in his neck troubles him. Soon, the pains grows and dominates his life, physically and mentally. Meanwhile, the ceiling of his father’s room starts leaking…… Accompanied by his father, Xiao-Kang travels for seeking to ease his growing pains. His mother is left alone in Taipei to tackle the leak……The sickness and the leaks, are they the beginning or the end of an erosion of this family?
Synopsis The original story from which this film draws its inspiration is a four hundred-year-old classical Chinese opera called “The Peony Pavilion” (also known as “The Resurrection”). A metaphor on the closed nature of Chinese and Chinese society, this is a tale of an offical’s daughter whose cloistered life within the family estate leaves her little knowledge of the outside world. Her maidservant tells her one day of a beautiful garden behind the estate. Though at first she tries to disregard this information, believing her duty is to think only of her studies, the girl finds herself thinking more about this place and eventually asks her maid to take her there. The girl has never known of the garder’s existence even though it lies just behind her house and she finds herself happily ensconced in the tranquil beauty of the place. When she returns home, she sleeps and dreams that she is back in the pavilion of the garden being made love to by a young scholar she has never met before, either in the dream or real life. Upon waking, she finds her mind cannot return to reality and she dies still obsessed by her vision of the world inside her dream. In her next life, she comes back to find the young scholar and the two are finally united. The difficulty of portraying such a tale on its own is that the style and unique language of the drama, drawn as it is from classical Chinese literature, makes it practically inaccessible to a modern Chinese audience. But there is much in the story—the Chinese concept of love and personal freedom—that has relevance today. In adapting it to film, then, the original is used as a parallel discourse to a modern story. The modern story is of two women who are unknown to one another but who both dream of the Peony Pavilion in the classic tale. In their common dream, one of the women takes the role of the girl, the other dreams she is the scholar. Both women are bound by the restrictions of their daily lives and have known disillusionment and disappointment in love; only in their dream do they find a truly romantic and sensible world in which they have the freedom to be themselves.
Casting: Hsiung LUNG、Ya-Lei GUEI、Rene LIU、Kuei-Mei YANG
Synopsis We all know that yawning is contagious, but to the Chen family, contagiousness extends to taking on an extra-marital affair. Mr. Chen is sixty years old, but still physically fit and full of charisma. He wants to be able to experience the vitality of a burning passion for one last once. The extra-familial affair is discovered…… The son is too busy to take heed of his father’s escapade and brushes it off as the common nature of men. The daughter has always viewed her parents as the ideal couple and her father’s affair has shattered all her confidence in the marriage system. And Mrs. Chen demands a divorce. Each member of the Chen family embarks on his or her own journey and the extra-familial affairs begin, each as glorious as the other……
Casting: Bin-Bin PAI、Kuei-Mei YANG、Hsien-Tang YANG、Neil FENG、I-Chun PAN
Synopsis Ms. Chen is a middle-aged working housewife not unlike most Taipei women of her status. She has a teen-aged daughter whose insolence lies in her preoccupation with her English professor and a husband who seeks excitement in liaisons with their next-door neighbor. Adding to her list of concerns is Chen’s purportedly senile mother-in-law, a silly old woman who needs attention more than supervision. Chen’s life is sheer drudgery until the day she meets Long, a young office boy with a coy smile and a discreet gay preference. Spurred by her colleague Miss Lin, who is immediately attracted to Long, Chen also casts her hopes for romantic escape on this new office boy. As the hopelessness of her infatuation appears clearer and clearer to th audience, her desperate attempts to come to grips with her last chance to escape from a woman’s destiny become more and more comically tragic.
Synopsis Yu Jane, a high school teacher and Xiang Guo-Chen, a successful industrialist, are secretly baving an affair outside of his marriage. Xiang is on his way to a political career. His campaign advisor wants him to break off his relationship with Yu so to present himself as a candidate with an untarnished image. Xiang arranges to meet Yu at a distant city for the last time. Being away from their normal environment, the two are free to enjoy each other’s love and passion more than ever. The affair thus continues and the strange city subsequently becomes their regular, rendezvous. Every time Yu Jane visits the city, is foreibly reminds her of her brother who died in a foreign country. Also, being able to see the innocent side of Xiang in the strange city somehow confuses her. Yang Dan-Zi, a troubled student in Yu Jane’s class, gains Yu’s curiosity and sympathy with her unusual background and personality. Yu feels she can relate to Yang in many circumstances. Nan-nan, Yu’s best friend, tries to talk Yu into investing in her herbal medicine business. Jimmy, Nan-nan’s new boyfriend and a rising pop singer, reads Yu as a romantic and becomes fond of her. Before long, Jimmy tells Yu that Nan-nan has fled the country with all the investment money, which Yu jane finds in hard to believe. Xiang is shot and wounded during his campaign rally. It soon becomes a media frenzy. Yu Jane, finding herself pregnant, pays a visit at Xing’s residence, where she discovers that the shooting incident was a conspiracy as part of Xiang’s campaign stretagy. Yu Jane then realizes her relationship with Xiang is also a sham. Yu Jane is suddenly notified of Yang Dan-Zi’s suicide. She is shocked and saddened by this occurrence. While Xiang is being blackmailed by the mobsters who contributed to his conspiracy. Yu Jane is going throught her abortion in a clinic. Under sedetion, she is lost in the reminiscence of the days and nights in that far away strange city.
Synopsis Veteran director Wang Tong of STRAWMAN, HILLS OF NO RETURN, continues his exploration of one of the key themes in Taiwanese cinema : the trauma caused by the country’s separation from Mainland China. RED PERSIMMON follows a family struggle to survive on a new land. It’s the director’s autobiographic work. The story comes from director’s real-life grandmother. Grandmother leads a team of grandchildren immigrating from china to Taiwan in the 40s, setting down, making a difficult transition, and then bringing up the kids. Three days before the Wang Family was to make their escape from the mainland, the grandmother hid in a closet, claiming that she did not want to leave behind her beloved persimmon tree. The scenes of the film come straight from Wang’s own childhood, right down to the scene where the grandmother ties her ten children together with rope so that they would not get lost. Though Wang’s family lived a comfortable life in China, they lost everything when they came to Taiwan : their houses, their savings, and their land. The film focuses on the relationship between the strong grandmother and her ten grandsons as they adjust to life in an entirely new world.
Casting: Hsin-Chi CHIU、Wen-Min CHEN、Mitchll Lichtenstein、Susan Mc Neece
Synopsis Michael Lee, a Chinese biologist, lives with his wife Jenny in Los Angeles. They are very much in love and eager to have a child. Unfortunately, Jenny loses her baby and her uterus due to an ectopic pregnancy. In desperation they enlist the help of a surrogate mother agency and interview many candidates. Some of the meetings are hilarious, but most of then are disappointing. Michael is anguished by the physical and emotional pain Jeyyn endures. Frustrated over being unable to help her, Michael gets brilliant idea: why not have the baby himself! Using the knowledge of his own pioneering research, the help of Jenny, his mother and his scientific colleagues, Michael becomes pregnant. During his pregnancy, Michael and Jenny experience role reversal-he has to endure the physical and psychological changes his pregnancy brings, while she becomes the bread-winner of the household. They face these questions: Will their marriage survive this unusual test? Will they encounter unexpected obstacles? Will Michael deliver a baby safely?
Synopsis New York City, Gang-Wei and Siao-Yu, both illegal immigrants; he a student and worker in a fish market; she a seamstress in a sweatshop. Giang-Wei saves money to purchase Siao-Yu a fake American husband, whom she can divorce in five years with citizenship in hand—but the going brokered rate is still too high. Enter Mario, an aging former radical journalist, debilitated by a gambling additiction that almost cost him his life 15 years ago when his debt to the local mob came due. Now, out of boredom or some pain even more profound, he’s back at the tables, and quickly in debt again—almost an act of willed suicide. But fate brings Giang-Wei to him, and soon he is married to Siao-Yu. A visit from the INS forces Mario to bring Siao-Yu into his apartment. At first the presence of this shy, quiet young woman both arouses and exasperates the curmudgeonly Mario, but Mario’s unwitting cruelty drives Siao-Yu to the bring of despair. Through their clashes, Siao-Yu soon comes out of her shell, and the two forge an unlikely friendship that Giang-Wei can neither understand nor tolerate. Then Mario’s wife of thirty years shows up. Rita is an itinerant lounge singer, whose love for Mario is both impossible and yet strangely faithful. The two have never been able to live together, yet over the years, when Rita’s singing brings her into town, they have kept up their relationship. Now Rita holds the cards, throwing Siao-Yu out of the apartment in a fit of rage when she finds her there. Upon discovering Mario’s bigamy, Giang-Wei drags Siao-Yu back to Mario’s apartment and attacks him. Meanwhile Rita has a change of heart—realizing that her 30-year marriage was simply a romantic illusion, she leaves. Mario, with Siao-Yu at his side, dies from the mortal blow he received from Giang-Wei, as well as from his final realizations that his love for Rita never truly amounted to anything. Before his death, Mario urges Siao-Yu to forgive Giang-Wei even if she, like Rita, will never be able to forgive the man she loves. When Giang-Wei arrives at the door of the apartment, he doesn’t know that Mario has died. He tells Siao-Yu that she must choose between Mario and him once and for all. She tells him that she chooses to stay—she has chosen a painful independence over the bonds of love.
Synopsis Ah Jiang, a graduating junior high school student, is facing the tough high school entrance examination. Because of his low grades, he frequently blamed by his parents and humiliated by his classmates. To escape from this overwhelming pressure, he spends a lot of time in the arcades playing video games. He imagines himself as the super hero in his favourite game “Street fighter” and he can defeat all evil characters. One day, Ah Jiang sees that a little boy, Dao Nan, is kidnapped by two men. Out curiosity, Ah Jiang follows them and intends to rescue the boy. But he ends up being kidnapped also. While the kidnappers, Ah Ching and the Boss, are still trying to figure out how to ask for the ransom, the Boss dies in a car accident. Ah ching, a rather kindhearted fellow, decides to take the kids back to his hometown. In his hometown, Ah Ching discusses with his relatives and they decide to call the kids’ parents. Both sides agree to meet in Dan Sui. The meeting falls apart because each side goes to a different Dan Sui. Since Ah Ching was too poor to have much education, he encourages Ah Jiang to study hard. While waiting to arrange another meeting, Ah Ching provides books for Ah Jiang to prepare for the entrance examination. Because the hometown police men become suspicious of Ah Ching’s activities, he brings the kids onto a fishing boat. He establishes a friendly relationship with the kids. When the police catch up with them, the kids say that Ah Ching is their rescuer instead of kidnapper. Police immediately rush Ah Jiang back to Taipei to take the entrance examination.
Synopsis Three modern youngsters living together created their own romance, with events intercalating one another, through which the youngsters found their own answer to love while experiencing the highs and lows of living together. “Lonely Heart Club” by YONFAN Young stockbroker Kam Shing Mo met Sylvia Cheung, a pretty yet mysterious lady through the phone service “Lonely Heart Club”. They came through the experience of living together, facing the conflict between love and sex. “Single Mother” by SYLVIA CHEUNG Maggie Cheung was standing on the crossroad of love, while also found herself pregnant without knowing who the father was: was he the one she was living with, or the guy she met just? And as her belly became bigger, Maggie gradually found her answer. “Star Hunter” by SAMSON CHIU Stylist Lam Hoi Fung believed in the notion “Don’t give up the whole sky for one star”. So he was fooling around with girls without any commitment, until he met the most beautiful star in his whole life, Ng Sien Lin. And this time he got to make a choice between the sky and a star!
Casting: Guey-Mey YANG、Winston CHAO、Chian-Lian WU、Shiung LUNG、Yu-Wen WONG
Synopsis Trouble is brewing for old Mr. Chu, the greatest living chef of Taipei, and the father of three grown and rebellious daughters. It’s been years since. Mr. Chu’s wife died, leaving him to raise Jia-Jen, a school teacher seemingly devoted to her father, Jia-Chien, a driven executive who can barely stand her father’s company, and Jia-Ning, the youngest and most hopelessly romantic of the lot. Enter old Mrs. Liang, the nagging widow who’s just moved in next door, and suddenly the whole caln is wondering if Mr. Chu will soon be cooking for someone new…… But in the meantime, someone gets pregnant, someone else gets dumped, someone dies, and someone finds true love, and don’t be surprised to be completely surprised by what happens to whom! In this deliciously heart-warming comedy, director Ang Lee (THE WEDDING BANQUET) once again cooks up a feast of surprises and emotional twists, as traditional family ties come unraveled and marvelously knitted together again.