Chienn Hsiang (2014)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Best known for her collaborations with Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang, Chen Shiang-chyi gives an exquisitely subtle performance in cinematographer-turned-director Chienn Hsiang's delightful drama. Well into her 40s, the careworn Chen's life is looking bleak: her husband has left to work in Shanghai, she despairs of their rebellious teenage daughter, loses her job in a garment factory and is diagnosed with early onset menopause. She also resents having to make regular hospital visits to her bedridden mother-in-law. But Chen's outlook begins to brighten after she befriends the accidentally blinded 30-something occupying the opposite bed on the ward, and her secret nocturnal ministrations give her the confidence to start living again, and even take up the tango. This is a poignant study of an invisible woman rediscovering her senses of purpose and self-esteem through the acceptance of a handsome man who cannot even see her. The social critique is as deft as the perfectly judged interiors, while Chienn's direction is as precise as it is laudably unsentimental.


A lonely middle-aged woman becomes drawn to a man she meets while caring for her hospitalised mother-in-law. Taiwanese drama, starring Shiang-chyi Chen, Ming-hsiang Tung and Ming-Hua Pai.

Cast & Crew

Ling Chen Shiang-chyi
Mr Chang Tung Ming-hsiang
Mother-in-law Bai Minghua
Brother-in-law Yu An-Shun
Director Chienn Hsiang

Other Information

Language: Mandarin +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Facet Film DistributionGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 24 Apr 2015
Drama Arts