Original Title: Chie Shi Man Po
France / Taiwan 2001
Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien
The youthful Vicky is torn between two men, Hao-hao and Jack. At night she works as a PR person at a nightclub to support both of them. Hao-hao keeps a vigil on her all the time, no matter whether she is on or off her job.
He checks her charge accounts, telephone bills, mobile phone records, and even her body odour in an attempt to trace her activities. She cannot stand him any longer and runs away. He finds her and begs her to go home. She sets herself a deadline to end their relationship.
Meanwhile, Jack makes various business investments. Vicky has already gone to him twice for help. A degree of affinity grows between them, which could lead to a permanent friendship.
Mark Lee Ping-bing
Lim Giong, Yoshihiro Hanno
Shu Qi, Kao Jack, Tuan Chun-Hao
Production: 3H Productions, Paradis Films, Orly Films / 35mm / colour / 105 mins
Taiwan’s premier director and winner of numerous film awards from around the world, Hou Hsiao-hsien has established himself as a leading figure of the country’s New Wave in the past two decades. He was born in China and moved to Taiwan in 1948. Upon completing his military service, he studied filmmaking at the National Taiwan Academy of Arts. He graduated in 1972 and took various jobs before switching to films. Cute Girls (1980) was his directorial debut. His third film Green, Green Grass of Home (1981) was nominated for Taiwan’s Golden Horse Award. City of Sadness (1989) won the Golden Lion at Venice. Since then, Hou has helped shape a whole new cinema consciousness in Taiwan. Among his well-known films are Dust in the Wind (1986), The Puppetmaster (1993) and Flowers of Shanghai (1998).