WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN

DIRECTOR
CHENG Wei-Hao

CAST
Kaiser CHUANG
HSU Wei-Ning
KO Chia-Yen
Christopher LEE Meng-Soon
Mason LEE

GENRE
crime, thriller, suspense

FESTIVAL & AWARD

* Shanghai International Film Festival – Asian New Talent Awards: nominated for Best Director and Best Cinematography
* Taipei Film Awards – nominated for Best Narrative Feature
* London East Asia Film Festival – Competition
* Golden Horse Awards – nominated for Best Leading Actor (Kaiser CHUANG), Best Supporting Actor (Mason LEE), Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Effects
* Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival – Thriller Competition
* Dragon Film Festival, Italy
* Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival

SYNOPSIS

Nine years ago, on a stormy night novice journalist Chi witnessed a car accident on the hill when his car broke down. In that fatal accident, the male driver was killed on the spot, and the female passenger Hsu Ai-ting slipped into a coma when she was rushed to the hospital. In a panic, Chi took photos of the registration number of the hit-and-run vehicle. However, the pictures were so blurry that they could not be used as evidence, and therefore the facts of the accident were never established.

Since then Chi’s career in journalism has been flourishing, and now he runs the features desk in a newspaper. His persistent pursuit of truth and enthusiasm for his job win him a great reputation until a car accident, in which a politician is involved. As the first journalist who arrives on the scene, Chi rushes back to the office to write up the report, but nevertheless, his car crashes on the way. Subsequently, Chi sends his car to the garage for repair. After a thorough examination, the technician Ji, who is a good friend of Chi’s, tells him that his car is a re-assembled vehicle. Surprised by the finding, Chi goes back to the second-hand car dealer, and since he fails to get a satisfying answer from the dealer, he asks help from a police officer, whom he has known for years. The information Chi receives from the police confirms that not only the car was involved in a car accident but Chi himself was the witness to the incident. The memories of the car crash that happened nine years ago suddenly flash back to Chi.

Meanwhile, Chi’s report on the car accident, in which the politician is involved, proves to be so wrong and damaging that the politician threatens to sue Chi and the paper. Consequently, Chi suffers a serious setback in his career, and that prompts him to shift his focus onto the hit-and-run that took place nine years ago. Using all his contacts in the police, Chi discovers that the survivor of the incident, Hsu Ai-ting, left the hospital unexpectedly and seems to have vanished into thin air. Chi decides that he has to track her down and finds out the truth of the accident. Since Chi has been a great investigative journalist, he starts from Hsu’s hometown and finally learns her whereabouts from a teashop owner. Driven by his guilt about not being able to help Hsu nine years ago, Chi is determined to make it up to her. Nonetheless, Chi is completely unaware that he has been watched and followed, and that mysterious man quietly abducts Hsu shortly after. Apparently, Chi is not the only witness to the car accident.

A series of incidents take place, and the truth Chi has learned from each incident is shattered by what happens next, just like the shreds of the crashed car drenched in the rain on that night, and everything is back to square one. Those who survived that car accident live on with disability, guilt and secrets….

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Born on 16th May 1984, CHENG Wei-hao obtained an MA from the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at the Fu Jen Catholic University and an MA from the Department of Motion Picture at the National Taiwan University of Arts. In 2008, his first short film You Are not Alone (45mins) wontheOutstanding Asian Student Film Award at the International Student Film and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy and Best New Director at the South Taiwan Film Festival. Moreover, it was nominated for Best Feature Short Film (DV category) at the 31st Golden Harvest Awards and the 16th Beijing College Student Film Festival. Cheng’s second film, Real Sniper, is a short police movie. In 2009, it was selected for the Global Chinese Vision section at the Golden Horse Film Festival and nominated for Best Short Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Film Festival, the South Taiwan Film Festival and the Golden Harvest Awards. In 2010, Real Sniper won the Industry Award at the Taipei Film Festival. The jury showered Cheng with praises in the statement. ‘It precisely portrays the dangerous atmosphere in a modern city that no one is sure where danger comes from and who would be the next target. The point of view is switched from a geek’s to an elite police officer’s with great precision, and the ending cleverly brings the two protagonists together. Cheng shows such coldness and precision that one would expect him to be the next Edward Yang.’

His third film is a short pseudo-documentary titled The Death of a Security Guard. In 2005, it won Best Short Feature at the Golden Horse Awards as well as the Taipei Film Awards. Furthermore, it bagged several other awards, including the Taiwan Award at the Kaohsiung International Short Film Competition and the Outstanding Short Film at the Golden Harvest Awards.

Cheng’s debut feature The Tag-Along was theatrically released in Taiwan in the end of 2015. A mix of thriller, horror and fantasy, it was selected as the Closing Film of the 2015 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. The film grossed nearly three million US dollars at the box-office in Taiwan, breaking the box-office record of horror movies. In 2016, The Tag-Along opened in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. In the same year, Cheng was nominated for Best New Director at the 53rd Golden Horse Awards, and the recognition proves that his debut feature has not only huge commercial potential but artistic merits.