Chang Tso-Chi’s film begins like a comedy about an extended family but turns into a reflection on the tragedy that befalls cousins Ah Wei and Ah Jie, a funny but troubled youth whose first job puts him in touch with a gun. Family patriarch, Ah Wei’s dad, is goaded by granny about gambling away the family’s money while Ah Jei’s father repetitively recounts his dishonorable discharge from the army decades earlier. The two men spend their evenings getting drunk, suggesting that Ah Wei and Ah Jei’s fates may have been better met young. Tragedy also befalls Ah Wei’s twin sister who suffers from leukemia, but Chang uses expressionistic, slightly comic allegory to end his film on an up note.
Directed by Tso-chi Chang | Starring : Wing Fan, Meng-jie Gao, Wan-mei Yu, Mao-ying Tien, Yu-Chih Wu | Presented at Venice Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, Thessaloniki Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Singapore Film Festival