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Wrath of Desire


Director: Zero CHOU (周美玲)

2021|Taiwan|118min|Language: Mandarin|Subtitles: English, Japanese

Date Time Venue
3/10 Wed 15:30 ABC Hall
3/14 Sun 9:50 Cine Libre Umeda 4
Wrath of Desire
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Peace YANG (陽靚)
WENG Chia Wei (翁嘉薇)
HSU Yu Ting (徐宇霆)
HUANG Shang Ho (黃尚禾)
CHEN Yu Chun (陳俋君)

When androgynous tattoo artist Phoenix DU (Peace YANG) becomes the target of a politically motivated hit, her brutal response to the attack pulls her into the orbit of a prosecutor named Jade LIU (WENG Chia Wei), a prim-and-proper woman who is guilt-ridden from the suicide of her gay brother and her strict Catholic upbringing. It’s a case of true love as these total opposites fall into passionate emotional and physical love, Phoenix using her forceful nature to pull out Jade’s latent lesbianism. This is just before Jade sends Phoenix to prison for three-and-a-half years. This love redirects both their lives as Phoenix sees hope in her prosectur while Jade fears her desire and marries YE Meng (HSU Yu Ting), the genderless young man she saved from prison who reminds her of her brother...

This is the first instalment of Zero CHOU’s planned six-film series about the LGBT+ communities of different Asian cities. Here, she presents a handsomely shot suspense storyline with a cut-up narrative of confessions, time jumps, and abstract dance that is fun in its non-stop lurid melodrama of a hot-blooded love quadrangle that breaks all of the rules, both legal and taste-wise, as four damaged souls act out their desire.

[Jason MAHER]

Director Zero CHOU (周美玲)

Director Zero CHOU (周美玲)