Directed by: Meijuin Chen 2017 | 105 min.

Section: Spotlight on Taiwan

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere


Sponsored by:

Taiwan Academy

Taiwan Ministry of Culture

HIFF is honored to welcome director Chen Mei-Juin, who will be in attendance at the SECOND screening of the film for a special post-screening Q&A.

Fresh-faced tomboy Shaowu lives with her grandmother on Kinmen, a sleepy island that was once a Cold War military fortress. When Shaowu gets expelled from school, her estranged gangster father Keigo has no choice but to take her back to the metropolis of Taipei. She idolizes the ultra-cool and heavily tattooed Keigo (played by the iconic Jack Kao), and he secretly enjoys finally being a responsible father.

Veteran documentarian Chen Mei-Juin’s subtle and touching debut feature film reaches back to the coming of age stories of early Hou Hsiao-hsien classics like THE BOYS FROM FENGKUEI while updating them to teeming 21st-century Taipei, the brave new underworld of drug trafficking, and the bittersweet dilemmas of single parenting.



Synopsis written by: UCLA


Tuesday, November 07 5:30 PM Dole Cannery H Date Passed
Saturday, November 11 3:00 PM Dole Cannery D Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Meijuin Chen
Screenwriter Jung Hua Po
Producer Roger Liu
Cast Kao Meng Chieh, Ally Chiu, Jack Kao, Ko Yu Luen, Lin Mei Zhen
Cinematographer Wang Ming

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