TPNWCP Cheng Yu-Chieh Series: "Yang Yang (陽陽)" 1-Day Film Screening

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10:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Virtual Event

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*As part of the 2020 Taiwan Post-New Wave Cinema Project, we kindly ask that you register to view this film through Eventbrite .


“So, you speak French?” Eurasian Yang-Yang has frequently been asked this question ever since she was little. She always answers it with an awkward smile because neither has she met her French birth father nor does she speak any French. She yearns for a family and her dream seems to come true when her mother remarries. Yet this new family turns out to be a disappointment. After that, nothing, not even some temporary passion, can ease her loneliness. Her quest for love is in vain.

In her pursuit of true intimacy, Yang-Yang is met with an unexpected betrayal, leaving her with no choice but to run away from home and leave her mother. With the assistance of a talent agent, she enters show business and her Caucasian features become her calling card. Against her wishes, she is often cast as French. Trapped in the struggles among family, friendship and love, how will Yang-Yang face her inner traumas?

Director Cheng Yu-Chieh

Born on the 27th of Nov. 1977 in Tainan, Taiwan, with BA in Economics at National Taiwan University, Cheng started experimenting with V8 when he was a freshman and participated in several student productions and 16mm film productions for practical training. In junior year, Cheng shot his first 16mm short, Babyface, in which he worked as director, screenwriter and actor. After Babyface, he temporarily left school to concentrate on his second 16mm, short film Summer Dream, which entered several international Film Festivals, and Cheng was seen as one of the most promising Taiwanese young talents. In 2006, his first feature Do Over was selected for the International Week of Film Critics in Venice and invited by various international film festivals, such as Vancouver, Athena, and Pusan. In addition to directing, Cheng is also passionate about acting. In 2008 he played a major role in the TV drama, Police et Vous, and gained enormous popularity. Now Cheng is active in Taiwan’s film and TV industry as an actor and director.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies

Contact email: ml156@soas.ac.uk