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More than 20 years ago, there were three “Ban Dou(street banquet)” master chefs who dominated the catering business in Taiwan. However, the street banquet business has been in decline since Taiwan’s economic boom. Master Fly Spirit wants to pass the family recipes and culinary skills on to his only child, Wan, but she desperately wants to run away from the family business and to become a film star.

Poor Folk

Arranged by a smuggling syndicate, A-Hong and his young teen sister along with a group of Burmese youngsters sneak across the Myanmar/Thailand border and arrive in a remote town called Dagudi in Northern Thailand. A-Hong’s sister is taken away by the gangs as her mother has sold her to them. A-Hong goes to Bangkok and works under a tour guide, a wildcatter from Myanmar who has lived in Thailand illegally for years.

100 Days

When a cold hearted telecommunications executive returns to his small island town for his estranged mother’s burial, he learns about the true Taiwanese tradition that mandates him to marry within 100 days so that the parent’s spirit can transition peacefully. When a typhoon leaves him stranded for 3 days, he rekindles romance with his free spirited, childhood sweetheart who is engaged to marry a local villager/step brother.

The Last Verse

The millennium summer was the best days in Ren-jie’s life. He met Xiao-ping, walked hand in hand with her through their youth and wrote the opening sentence of his life poem. But a visit by his father in the military changed his life forever. He fell into the uneasy atmosphere of 2006. When he was discharged from the air force, the cruel reality wore away their romantic love. Ren-jie had to leave Xiao-ping. They fell …

Alifu the Prince/ss

Alifu, a 25 year-old Paiwan boy, works as a hair-dresser in Taipei and struggles between his dream of getting a sex change operation and following his father’s footsteps to inherit the title as Chief of the indigenous Paiwan tribe. His lesbian roommate, Pei-Zhen, is also his best friend and confidante. Sherry, a transgender man, is the owner of a drag queen bar. For years, Sherry has been in love with the plumber, Wu, even though …

Au Revoir Taipei

Kai (Jack Yao), who works at his parent’s noodle shop by day and spends his nights in a bookstore to learn French, decides to go to Paris after his girlfriend, who recently left for Paris, dumps him by phone. Then the local neighborhood mafia boss offers Kai a free plane ticket to Paris if he takes a mysterious package with him.

Monga

Set in the 1980s, “Monga” centers on five boys (Mosquito, Monk, Dragon, White Monkey and A-Lan) who join the “Gang of Princes” who are tired of being pushed around. As the “Gang of Princes” rise in stature, they come into conflict with other gangs jealous of their rising power.