THE BOLD, THE CORRUPT AND THE BEAUTIFUL
WRITER & DIRECTOR
Kara WAI, WU Ke-Xi, Vicky CHEN
Madame Tang’s late husband was a general. Based in Mituo Township in the Southern Taiwan, Madame Tang uses culture as a cover as she utilises her late husband’s connections in politics. For a long time, sheis the most trusted person when the local businessmen and the politicians need someone to whitewash their shady deals. Ever since she could remember, Tang Chen has preferred Madame Tang, who always seems kind and competent, to Tang Ning, who often acts like a crazy woman. Although Ning never likes the pretentiousness and hypocrisy filled in the family, she forces herself to stay and work with her mother. Curious about the hushed conversations between the adults around her, Chen quietly learns.
Recently, the land development project that Madame Tang has encouraged everyone to invest in goes wrong; for some unknown reason, the location has been changed, and all the money they have put in is frozen. Moreover, not only the local councillor who approved the loans to the investors but also the entire family of his is murdered. The horror shocks the group, creating rifts between the partners.
Ning has never wanted Chen to become a socialite at such a young age,and she often agues with her mother over this issue. After the incident happened, Madame Tang assigns a task to Ning, who refuses to get Chen involved. Nevertheless, Lin Pien-pien, the only survivor of the family murders, is Chen’s best friend. The adults can never expect that Chen withholds a secret so crucial that it is leading the development of the case.
As one person gets sacrificed after another, Madame Tang and Tang Ning have no choice but clean up the mess, fulfilling their duty of covering up crimes. To their surprise, the crisis makes the three women of the Tang family, who have always collaborated with each other, realise that they have such different ideas of the place they call home. Moreover, what each of them wants to protect most is different. These three women fight with all their strength and wits, but none of them foresees the outcome that will take them all by surprise…
FESTIVAL & AWARD
* Busan International Film Festival – A Window On Asian Cinema, nominee for Kim Ji-seok Award
* Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival – Opening Film
* Golden Horse Awards – won Best Feature Film, Best Leading Actress (Kara Wai), Best Supporting Actress (Vicky Chen), Audience Choice Award; nominated for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Costume & Makeup Design
* International Film Festival Rotterdam – Voice
* Cambodia International Film Festival
* Osaka Asian Film Festival – Competition
* Cleveland International Film Festival
* Hong Kong Film Awards – nominated for Best Film From Mainland And Taiwan
* Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival – Asian Frontiers
* Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema – Avant-Garde & Genre Competition
* Washing, DC International Film Festival – World View
* Singapore Chinese Film Festival
* Seattle International Film Festival
* New York Asian Film Festival
* Taipei Film Awards – Best Supporting Actress (Vicky Chen), Best Screenplay, Best Editing
* Sydney Taiwan Film Festival
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Born in 1971, YANG Ya-Che graduated from the department of Mass Communication, Tamkang University. He works in various mediums, including several documentary series, stage plays, short films, TV drama and motion picture.
Yang’s first feature drama, ORZ BOYZ (2008), interspersed with sequential animated images, tells the magical story of two little boys’ friendship from children’s perspective that’s rarely seen in Taiwanese cinema, which successfully connected to audiences across extensive ages, which made a local box office record of NTD 36 million dollars. It won the Best Director in Taipei Film Awards in 2008. His second film, GF*BF, won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in Taipei Film Awards, and was nominated for seven Golden Horse awards, winning Best Actress.