Taiwan’s vibrant filmmaking sector is well-represented at AFM with several local hits on offer to international buyers — and a film billed as Asia’s first iPhone feature.
Date: 8 November 2019
By: Silvia Wong
Dir Lester Shih
Lester Shih’s debut feature is the story of a group of students who dare to test the urban legend that anyone who crosses a ghostly bridge — where a woman once took her own life — at midnight will find evil awaiting them. The cast includes JC Lin (HBO Asia’s The World Between Us) and actresses Vera Yen and Summer Meng. The Bridge Curse is financed by Lots Home Entertainment, which is one of the backers of this year’s highest-grossing local film Detention. Endeavor Content handles world sales, excluding Taiwan where the film will be released in February 2020.
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The Gangs, The Oscars, And The Walking Dead
Dir Kao Pin-chuan
Dear Ex’s Roy Chiu stars in The Soul Of Bread director Kao Pin-chuan’s second solo film, a dark comedy about two wannabe filmmakers who will stop at nothing to get their first film made — even casting a triad boss’s girlfriend as their leading lady. Yao Yi-ti has picked up a Golden Horse Awards nomination as best supporting actress for her role in the film, which made its world premiere at Busan International Film Festival to sold-out screenings. Backers include Sky Film, mm2 Entertainment and Kaohsiung Film Fund.
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Gatao: Path Of Sorrow
Dir Ray Jiang
The third instalment of the popular Gatao (which means ‘gang leaders’ in the Taiwanese Hokkien language) franchise marks the return of actor Rexen Cheng as a notorious gangster, with Nikki Hsieh joining the cast as his love interest. Now in post-production, the gangster drama is the directing debut of Ray Jiang, a step-up from his role as executive director of Gatao 2: Rise Of The King. Executive producer Red Chang’s Chocolate Film created the franchise — the first two films were commercial successes at home when released in 2015 and 2018 respectively.
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