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The Garden of Evening Mists


Director: Tom Shu-yu LIN (林書宇)

2019|Malaysia|120min|Language: English, Cantonese, Japanese, Malay|Subtitles: English, Japanese

Date Time Venue Guest
3/6 (Fri) 18:45 Umeda Burg 7: Theater6 Opening Ceremony
3/13 (Fri) 9:30 Cine Libre Umeda 4  
The Garden of Evening Mists
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LEE Sinje (李心潔)
ABE Hiroshi (阿部寛)
Sylvia CHANG (張艾嘉)

1950s Malaysia, a young woman named Teoh Yun Ling (LEE Sinje) travels to a British tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands to meet a famous but reclusive gardener named NAKAMURA Aritomo (ABE Hiroshi) in the hope of commissioning him to build a garden as a memorial for her late sister who died during the war. Aritomo declines the request, but proposes Yun Ling becomes his apprentice. Initially hesitant, Yun Ling eventually devotes herself to gardening and an attraction to the taciturn Aritomo takes root. Stronger emotions blossom but the two are entangled in the bitter history of the war and the unfolding Communist insurgency. 30 years later, Yun Ling (Sylvia CHANG) returns to the garden to unearth a mystery surrounding Aritomo as she digs through painful memories of her past.


"The Garden of Evening Mists" is based on a novel by Malaysian writer TAN Twan Eng (陳團英) which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It is an international work with staff and cast from various countries and regions.

Directed by Tom Shu-yu LIN, a judge at OAFF2014 and director of "Starry Starry Night" (星空/OAFF2012), the film stars LEE Sinje ("The Eye" (夢遊3D), "Betelnut Beauty"(愛你愛我)), an actress active across Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia, and popular actor ABE Hiroshi ("Still Walking" (歩いても歩いても), "HOKUSAI" scheduled to be released in May 2020). In addition, Sylvia CHANG, a Taiwanese actress, writer, singer, producer and director ("Love Education" (相愛相親), "Long Day's Journey into Night" (地球最后的夜晩)) takes a lead role. At the 56th Golden Horse Awards the film was nominated in nine categories, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Leading Actress for LEE Sinje, and it won for best make-up and costume design.