SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Documentary Film Screening of "LOVE Talk" (幸福定格) and Q&A with Director Shen Ko-shang

Shen Ko-shang (沈可尚)

Date: 17 June 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 17 June 2019Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Summer School

As this event is part of our SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies Summer School, we kindly ask that you register to attend


Director Sheng


Director Biography

SHEN Ko-shang, being one of Taiwan's new generation of directors, shows his talent with feature films, documentaries, experimental films, as well as commercial advertising. His distinguished works including documentary films Silent Delta, The Pigeon Game, Baseball Boys, Fading, Children From The Distant Planet, A Rolling Stone, Ways into Love, and feature films Layover, Two Juliets, Power On, On the Bus, A Nice Travel, and End of A Century: Mia's Story. His works has nominated by many well-known festivals, including Festival de Cannes in France, Visions du Réel documentary film festival in Switzerland, and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. SHEN has won many prizes, such as the First Prizes of TIDF (Taiwan International Documentary Festival), and Taipei Film Festival, and the best Documentary Film of Asia Pacific Film Festival, Frist Prize of New York Festivals International Television & Film Award, Golden Bell Awards (Taiwan), and Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. He is now working on his new projects: a documentary film Double Happiness Limited.


Love TALKS Poster




Awarded best Documentary Film at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival, Taipei Film Festival award-winning Director Shen Ko-shang, over 7 years, documented 8 marriages. Whether long or short, every conversation provides a different conversation on married life.

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They openly and sincerely, question each other on untouchable topics of everyday life, from why they married to no longer having affection for each other; weariness of the their mothers-in-law; regarding sex, having children, every aspect of each other they can’t stand…

Newly married Chinese A-fei and Yue-hui met at work, fell in love and married. Through their simple conversation, we can see inside a young generation rural couples’ concept of love and marriage. Young Taiwanese couple Yong-cheng and Lai-zhi seem a white-collar, trendy urban couple in their attitudes towards married life’s hopes and compromises. Documenting the perspective of a lecturer, snack shop owner, white-collar office worker, arts worker, entrepreneur and housewife all in different marital situations, these conversations lead the audience to reflect on what defines a happy marriage.

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