(Sex) Appeal

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    (Sex) Appeal

    Directed by

    Taiwan

    2014

    107 min

    • Mandarin

    Drama

    Busan IFF

    This is a film that depicts the mental state of the people involved in a court case involving a school rape. Huihua, a music school freshman, is raped by Professor Lee. She files a suit against him with the help of another professor, who involves his attorney friend, Fang Anyu. As the film focuses on the secondary abuse inflicted on Huihua, it narrows in on the characters’ inner lives. Why does Fang Anyu defend Huihua while his marriage crumbles? Why does attorney Lin so actively defend her husband? Above all, Huihua’s complex psyche is evident in the words, “I may have loved Professor Lee.” The film transcends into something beyond a simple courtroom drama. Lin struggles with the guilt she feels over having stood in the way of her husband’s success. This feeling is further complicated by her determination to protect her family. Huihua’s confession comes with the knowledge that her honesty may jeopardize the case. Professor Lee alone maintains his lie to the end. Thus (Sex) Appeal is more a psychological film than a social critique. (KIM Ji-seok)

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    Credits

    Cast
    Vivian Hsu
    Tsai Chieh Kuo
    Leo Dai
    Alyssa Chia
    Jade Chou
    Sean Huang
    Screenplay
    Kun Hua Hsu
    Cinematography
    Mark Lee Ping Bin
    Editing
    Chiming Man
    Music
    Annie Lo
    Sales
    ASIAN SHADOWS
    Production
    COOLIE FILMS
    Production
    STELLAR MEGA FILMS LTD.
    Wei-Ming Wang

    Wei-Ming Wang

    Taiwan

    Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Wang Wei-ming graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Taipei National University of the Arts in 1992. He had already started working with Edward Yang on A Brighter Summer Day in 1991, as Assistant Director, and Edward Yang became his mentor. Wang Wei-ming then participated in Edward Yang’s films A Confucian Confusion (1994) and Mahjong (1996). He also worked on Kaizo Hayashi’s The Breath (1995), and Andrew Lau’s Born to be King (2000). His short film A Private Matter was selected for the Vancouver International Film Festival in 1995. He also made several TV movies, such as True Image (selected for the Spot-Taipei Digital Movie Festival in 2002), and Apartment No. 101. In 2003, Wang Wei-ming began working as a commercial director on unique and diverse projects in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China. His works reveal a sensitive touch of humanity and have been widely recognized by professionals; winning multiple international prizes including Times Asia-Pacific Awards, Effie Awards, London International Awards, Spikes Asia Awards, and AAA China Awards. Sex Appeal marks his return to film-making after ten years spent in advertising, and will be Wang Wei-ming’s first feature film.