An erotic thriller, a romantic fantasy and a hitmen action comedy are among the buzz Taiwanese productions available at this year’s AFM. 

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‘We Are Champions’

Dad’s Suit

Dir: Hung Po Hao
Set to world premiere at the upcoming Golden Horse Film Festival, this family drama is about an octogenarian man who, against his will, ends up in a nursing home in Taipei, the city where his children live. All he wants is to spend the last days of his life in his hometown of Pingxi. Phoebe Huang, who plays the man’s daughter, has been nominated for the best supporting actress prize at the Golden Horse Awards. Dad’s Suit is the feature debut of Hung after directing popular TV drama Wake Up 2 last year. Veteran David Tang (Who Killed Cook Robin) serves as producer. Contact: Renaissance Films 

Deep Evil

Dir: Mark Lu
This erotic crime thriller, a rare genre for Taiwanese film in recent years, is Lu’s feature directing debut. It follows the investigation of a gruesome murder by police and a forensic scientist, with a top plastic surgeon and a gallery owner among the prime suspects. Kaiser Chuang (Who Killed Cock Robin), Ivy Shao (The Tenants Downstairs) and Fu Meng Po (The Last Verse) head the cast. This marks the first film project of Fiona Lo’s Transmit Media Entertainment, which produced web drama Lost? Me Too!, also directed by Lu. Contact: Sky Film

A Fool In Love, Love Like A Fool

Dir: Blue Lan
Actor-turned-filmmaker Lan’s directorial debut is a romantic fantasy about a boy with Down’s syndrome who believes that a ‘compensated-dating’ girl is a mermaid, like the heroine in his favourite picture book. Produced by Eric Liang’s Sky Film, the film stars veteran actress Tien Niu (The Blue Choker), Bamboo Chen (The Great Buddha+), Kuo Shu Yao (The Teenage Psychic) and Lan, who is known for his acting roles in Night Market Hero and Forever Love. Contact: Lammy Li, Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad Show

Dir: Hsieh Nien Tsu
Renowned producers Yeh Jufeng (The Great Buddha+) and Wang Wei Zhong have teamed up for this big-screen adaptation of a popular stage comedy about a struggling broadcaster, Crazy TV, that catches nationwide attention when two robbers break in during a live talk show and hold up the studio. The theatre production’s director Hsieh helms the film and the cast includes Ou Han Sheng, Lim Min Chen, Liu Kuang Ting and Na Dou. Warner Brothers Taiwan will release it for Chinese New Year 2019. Contact: Desmond Tang, MandarinVision

Killer Not Stupid

Dir: Jack Neo
Killer Not Stupid marks the first film shot in Taiwan for Singapore’s most commercially successful director Neo, who is best known for the I Not Stupid and Ah Boys To Men franchises. Neo’s new action comedy follows two hitmen who decide to end their career with one final mission, only for matters to get complicated when their nemesis comes after them. The cast includes Jay Shih, Amber An, Na Dou and Lin Mei Hsiu. Singapore’s mm2 Entertainment and Turner Asia Pacific are co-producing, with a Chinese New Year 2019 release scheduled for Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. Contact: mm2 Entertainment

Paradise Next

Dir: Yoshihiro Hanno
Shot entirely in Taiwan, this Taiwan-Japan co-production between James Liu’s Joint Pictures and Fumiko Osaka’s Shimensoka stars Satoshi Tsumabuki (Rage) and Etsushi Toyokawa (Love Letter) as two hitmen on the run in Taiwan, where they hope to find atonement. However, they cannot escape the murder of a crime boss’s daughter. Paradise Next marks the third feature of composer-turned-director Hanno, whose soundtrack credits include features for Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke including, most recently, Mountains May Depart. Ryuichi Sakamoto will compose a theme song for Paradise Next, which also co-stars Taiwanese actress Hsieh Hsin Ying (The Assassin). Contact: James Liu, Joint Entertainment

We Are Champions

Dir: Chang Jung Chi
Touch Of The Light producer Rachel Chen reunites with director Chang for this inspirational sports drama revolving around Taiwanese youth’s obsession with the High School Basketball League. When two brothers play for rival teams from different schools, their sibling bond is put to the test. The young cast includes Fandy Fan (At Café 6) and Berant Zhu (How To Train Our Dragon). Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific is co-producing. Contact: Lammy Li, Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific