by CHEN Hwai-en

"This is a story of deep yearning that introduces the life of a wonderful dancer and a great friend and teacher: LO Man-fei.

Major modern dance companies, such as Martha Graham, Pina Bausch and Hofesh Shechter, all recognize Taiwan’s standing in the dance world. In Taiwan, several young choreographers have shown the potential needed to achieve worldwide fame. These achievements are due in large part to the guidance and encouragement given by Man-fei.

Each night, Man-fei would gather family, students and friends in a party setting to talk. When she became severely ill, she said: “If that day ever comes, I won’t say goodbye to anybody. Just act as if I’m sleeping in the adjacent room.”

A decade ago, she left; a decade later, she still remains."


2017 Taipei Film Festival


Running Time: 120 mins
Year of Completion: 2017
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Director: CHEN Hwai-en


CHEN Hwai-en

Chen Hwai-eng belongs to the group of directors from the first wave of new Taiwanese movies. For more than 20 years, he has been working with several famous Taiwanese directors, such as Yang De-chang and Ho Xiao-xien. He is a talented director in many ways, producing more than a hundred films. In the 2007 film Island Etude, he was responsible for screenplay, directing, and cinematography. The movie became a blockbuster and led to the phenomenon of cycling in Taiwan.


Ginny WEI