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My Leftover Ladies

Nowadays when you flick on the TV, many channels show drama series with female pop star playing roles of so-called “leftover ladies” –single women who are well past the conventional marrying age. These shows spin a web of fantasies, reassuring the audience that someday the right person will come along and sweep you off your feet. But in reality, does the right person always exist?

Meet four Taiwanese women, the actual “leftover ladies” fighting to stay breathing in a somewhat stifling society. Since 2012, their mutual friend CHOU Tung-yen, has been “stalking” them, capturing on film movements of the women’s daily lives.

Through the usually firm yet frequently hesitant steps of these leftover ladies, this documentary short prompts us to ask ourselves: Do we also feel the anxiety that comes alone with being single? Are we aware of the isolation that is none but our own?

  • CHOU Tung-yen
  • CHEN I-Fen
  • HO Chi
    Assistant Director
  • CHOU Tung-yen
  • HO Chi
  • CHEN Kuan-Yu
  • Hyperreality Mer
  • HUANG Chia-Wen
  • CHIANG Han-Ju
  • WANG Cheng-Yi
  • Comei Liao
  • YEH Tzu-Hao
  • SUN Yu-Ning
  • HO Chi
  • LU Luming
  • KUO Jen-Hao
    Sound Editor
  • WU Ting-Chieh
    Executive Producer
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  • Genres:
    Gender, Feminism
  • Runtime:
    55 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2015
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  • Country of Filming:
    Japan, Taiwan
  • Language:
    Chinese, Japanese
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  • Student Project:
  • Les Ecrans de Chine (China Screen)
    Paris, France
    October 31, 2015
    European Premiere
Director Biography - CHOU Tung-yen

CHOU, Tung-Yen is the founder of Very Mainstream Studio. He is a graduate of Taipei National University of the Arts in Theatre Arts, and later attained a MA in Scenography at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in the United Kingdom. He works primarily in video art and theatre, and has been on the shortlist of Taipei Film Festival for several times. My Leftover Ladies is his second documentary film.

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Director Statement

The four women are outgoing and positive about life, they are accomplished in their field of expertise; yet just by being single and unmarried, they all don the same label of “leftover ladies” and they are my close friends. I decided to pick up my camera and walk into their lives—traveling, working, having their fortune told, jogging, attending weddings, going to church, discussing their views on relationships, defining “the one”—and attempt to piece together lightheartedly the happiness, sadness and loneliness they have undergone in the past two years. Because I know, there are millions of ladies sharing the same label with them and I am trying to memorize the loneliness and solitude of our generation.