With effortless humor, director Hsieh Chun-Yi spins a surprisingly credible, cross-strait, breezy rom-com feature debut: APOLITICAL ROMANCE. Hoping to find her grandmother's first love who fled to Taiwan in 1948 after the civil war, brash Beijing girl Qin Lang arrives at Taipei on her own. She runs into Yu-Cheng, a boyish local working at Civil Affairs and haunted by his assignment — drafting the Taiwan-China Cross-Cultural Etiquette Manual. Thus begins a hilarious partnership: she will write the manual, and he will take her on a search across the island as this “cross-cultural” story sets on the road. And in classic road movie trope, these two souls who only have contempt for each other, slowly to appreciate their cultural differences and realize that love has no boundaries.
But, when you think you’ve got it figured out and the boy gets the girl in the end, think again. Like the current state of China and Taiwan, love and mutual appreciation may not be enough.
Synopsis written by: Anderson Le