Screened as part of NZIFF 2004

20:30:40 2003

Directed by Sylvia Chang

Hong Kong / Taiwan In Cantonese, Hokkien and Mandarin with English subtitles
113 minutes 35mm



Sylvia Chang, GC Goo-Bi, Cat Kwan. Based on stories by Sylvia Chang, Rene Liu, Lee Sinje


Chen Hsiang


Liao Ching-sung


Sylvia Chang
Rene Liu
Angelica Lee Sinje
Anthony Wong
Tony Leung Kar-fai


Berlin 2004


“It’s not quite as salacious as Sex and the City, but Sylvia Chang’s intergenerational new film 20:30:40 is an equally entertaining view of contemporary women and their complicated lives. Set in Taiwan, the title’s three numbers represent the ages of the main characters. As they search for happiness and fulfillment, the three stories interweave through one another with humor, sadness and self-discovery. With a popular and talented cast presenting an accessible slice of female life not seen in Taiwan cinema since Ang Lee’s accomplished Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, the film should prove popular… In addition to the three female leads, the male supporting actors include Richie Jen, Anthony Wong and Tony Leung Kar-fai, who contribute with subtle, exquisite work… This is a women’s film in which the emotional victories are celebrated with small and calm cheers. In other words, it’s a chick flick with all the taste and half the sugar.” — Andrew Sun, Hollywood Reporter