06-24 November 2019



Spotlight on Taiwan
Pei-Ju Hsieh


2019 / 90’ / Hawaii Premiere / Chinese
First feature


Jiang Ying-Juan is big-hearted woman who loves to cook, but as a plus-size woman she struggles to fit into contemporary society, earning her the unwanted nickname “Miss Dinosaur.” Her mother nags her to lose weight, her neighbor mocks her, and even strangers give her unwanted attention while riding the bus.
After meeting a charismatic deliveryman who rescues her from harassment, Jiang finds the courage to finally start losing weight by signing up for a slimming center. However, the center’s aggressive weight loss plan pushes her so far that she loses her passion for cooking and even finds her health potentially compromised. Her newfound craving for social acceptance takes a turn for the worst when she loses something even more vital to her in the process.
Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2019 Taipei Film Festival, Taiwanese filmmaker Hsieh Pei-ju takes direct aim on societal pressures on women to maintain specific beauty standards and prompts audiences to ask themselves what truly is their “better self”.

Saturday 9 16:00 - 17:50Regal Dole Cannery 16
Sunday 10 14:15 - 16:05Regal Dole Cannery 15
DirectorPei-Ju Hsieh.
CastJia-Yin Tsai, Samantha Ko, Yao Chang and Chang En-We.
ScreenplayPei-Ju Hsieh.
CinematographerHao-Jan Chang.
Production designerKuo-Chen Yao.
EditorA-Bo Chen.
MusicHung Tao Lin.
ProductionWHILE FILMS LTD., Jing Wang and E.N. Lee.
PrizeBest New Talent & Audience award - Taipei Film Festival

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