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Leave Me Alone


Director: FAN Yang-chung (范揚仲)

2021|Taiwan|98min|Language: Chinese|Subtitles: English, Japanese

Date Time Venue
3/11 Fri 18:40 Cine Libre Umeda 4
3/19 Sat 21:10 Umeda Burg 7: Theater7
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Fandy FAN (范少勳)
Christina MOK Yun-wen (莫允雯)
WEN Chen-ling (温貞菱)
CHEN Yi-wen (陳以文)
LIN Na-dou (納豆)

A lonely pimp named Loong (Fandy FAN) tries to play it cool as he scrambles up into the upper echelons of society, even going as far as to exploit his half-sister Chin-sha (WEN Chen-ling), but his facade cracks in the presence of a well-to-do gallery director named Nai-wen (Christina MOK). Acting as a driver to her, Loong’s ardour grows, however, her own private life is a mess in ways that Loong cannot guess. The more their relationship deepens, the more they allay their weaknesses with sex but this proves to be a distraction as these two people find themselves bound by class and the people around them.

In a bitter love story of unrestrained physical desire and unrequited emotional needs, a food-chain of love and loneliness is depicted as unhappy people live off each other in a cycle of getting money or pleasure. In her role as a wild and desperate woman, WEN Chen-ling won the 2021 Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actress.

[Jason MAHER]

Director's Message

Love cannot be measured. You either love or you don’t, there is no good or bad, only those in love can be the judges of their own experiences.

If you live only in the present, and not the past or future, then your love will be sweet. There is nothing wrong with love being sweet, but it will only ever be sweet, but sometimes, you may lose some meaning in the sense of your own existence. It can make you feel hollow, and you can embrace this hollowness as part of your existence.

If you love too much, it can easily manifest feelings of desire and hate. Love, desire and hatred are one and the same. Love begets pain, and pain is what makes you feel alive.

We are human because we want to feel alive.

After adolescence, we often sacrifice love due to the various practical demands of our day-to-day lives. It’s easy to say that you are not compatible with someone, but the crux of that seeming incompatibility depends on how much you are willing to sacrifice.

What is the determining factor of a person’s worth? Is it dependent on how one is treated by others, on the affirmation given by others?

After tomorrow, we may no longer be who we are today.