New Turn

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Hong Kong | 2017 | 102 minutes | Doris Wong

Looking for her long-lost twin sister, A-lan bikes around Taiwan, joined by three strangers. Through the colorful scenery, and their unexpected friendship and the kindness they encounter, they learn to embrace spontaneity in this jubilant travelogue.

"God created the world in 7 days. I hope I will re-create myself in 10 days." So resolves New Turn's young protagonist, A-lan, at the outset of her sojourn to Taiwan. Hoping to traverse the entire island on bicycle, the twentysomething editor from Hong Kong seeks to discover herself in more ways than one. Two months earlier, she learned she may have a lost identical twin in Taiwan who had made a similar bike trip, and A-lan is determined to find her, or at least follow in her path. This path quickly unites her with three strangers, pedaling at her side as each pursues their own journey. The loquacious art director Qingtian, left reeling when her fiance suddenly calls it quits, joins on a whim. They are soon joined by Zhenting, a mysterious free spirit making the trip to bond with his brother, and Guang, a sheltered young man suddenly eager to experience the world and build confidence. The four riders, just as in their lives before, encounter many wrenches in their spokes along the way, but find themselves growing through their unexpected friendship and the kindness they encounter throughout Taiwan. With a rich color palette and a spontaneous, jubilant spirit, New Turn is an endearing travelogue exploring the power of embracing twists and turns in the road for their own sake.

Director Biography
Doris Wong is one of the most promising new directors and screenwriters from Hong Kong. She makes short films, music videos, and TV commercials, and wrote the script for the film Three Days After My Death (2015). She obtained her Master of Fine Arts in Film, TV, and Digital Media at Hong Kong Baptist University and followed with Film Studies and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in San Francisco, The Maxwell Hotel

  • Original Language Title: Zhuan Wan Zhi Hou
  • Director: Doris Wong
  • Principal Cast: Cherry Ngan, Ting-Hu Zhang, Yao Huang, Zhijie Bo, Weber Yang
  • Premiere Status: North American
  • Country: Hong Kong , Taiwan
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 102 minutes
  • Producer: Te-Shen Wei
  • Screenplay: Ruby Chen
  • Music: Day Tai
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Lighten Distribution Co., Ltd