Taiwanese actress and director Sylvia Chang (Murmur of the Hearts) explores a multi-generational story of love and womanhood in a profound and bittersweet journey that begins when a woman makes a plan to relocate her father's grave, revealing the romances and betrayals of the past and present.
"Rippling with gentle irony and worldly wisdom on the philosophy of love, the seemingly soapy plot masks a deft political metaphor within a poignant historical backgound. " Maggie Lee - Variety
Director Sylvia Chang is well-known for carving out the nuanced sentimentality experienced by women, and her latest film is of no exception. Revolving around high school teacher Huiying's (Sylvia Chang) plan to relocate her father's grave so that it's next to her mother's resting place, the film looks at the love stories of three generations of women in her family. Huiying's request to relocate is bluntly stopped by her father's long-estranged first wife Nana (Wu Yanshu); although Huiying's father and Nana's arranged marriage was not legally recognized, Nana has been looking after his grave for many years after his death. Meanwhile, Huiying's persistence in trying to control everything finally drives her and her husband's (Tian Zhuangzhuang) marriage to a fragile stage. And Huiying's daughter, Weiwei, finds this particular family story interesting material for her work at a television station. As she connects with the grandmother to gain insight into the story, she can't help but suspect that her boyfriend is having an affair with another woman. In this engaging and bittersweet journey, these women learn what love looks like, feels like, and perhaps how it should have been.
Sylvia Chang remains a versatile icon of filmmaking. As a director, actress, writer, producer and singer, her work is known for challenging the male-dominated sphere of Taiwanese cinema. She began as a radio DJ at 18 years old and is now 64, with over 102 films bearing her signature as an actress and 15, with an incredible sensitivity while depicting female characters. Her reputation stands as one of the most successful filmmakers in Hong Kong cinema.
Sponsored by Aegis Gardens, Hainan Airlines, WASA North America Group
- Original Language Title: Xiang Ai Xiang Qin
- Director: Sylvia Chang
- Principal Cast: Sylvia Chang, Zhuangzhuang Tian, Yueting Lang, Ning Song, Yanshu Wu, Le Geng, Sitar Tan
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: China, Taiwan
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 122 minutes
- Producer: Patricia Cheng, Victoria Hon
- Screenplay: Sylvia Chang, Xiaoying You
- Cinematographers: Mark Ping-Bin Lee
- Editors: Matthieu Laclau
- Music: Kay Huang
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: Golden Horse Awards 2017 (Piaget Award)
- Filmography: Murmur of the Hearts (2015); Run Papa Run (2008); 20:30:40 (2004); Princess D (2002); Tempting Heart (1999); Tonight Nobody Goes Home (1996); Siao Yu (1995); The New Age of Living Together (1994); Mary from Beijing (1993); Sisters of the World Unite (1991); Yellow Story (1987); Passion (1986); Once Upon a Time (1978)
- Language: Mandarin
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Beijing Hairun Pictures Co.Ltd