Rose Tsang has lived in fear of her tiger parents for years – so much so that she's spun a web of lies to keep them from discovering the truth about a forbidden relationship. But when their tough love, dominance and manipulation becomes too much to bear, Rose hatches a violent plan of revenge with devastating consequences.

  • Steven Chow
  • Steven Chow
  • Rachel Fawcett
  • Xana Tang
    Key Cast
    "Rose Tsang"
    Mulan, Dead Lucky
  • Janet Tan
    Key Cast
    "Elaine Tsang"
  • Pak Wing Leung
    Key Cast
    "David Tsang"
  • Daniel Lee
    Key Cast
  • Benjamin Teh
    Key Cast
  • Mohammad Nasir
    Key Cast
  • Sam Liew
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 NZD
  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand
  • Language:
    English, Yue Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Auckland
  • Fantasia Film Festival
    August 12, 2021
    World Premiere
  • San Diego International Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    North American Premiere
    Audience Choice Short
  • Beyond Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    LA Premiere
  • Nightstream

    United States
  • Montclair Film Festival
    New Jersey
    United States
  • Boston Underground Film Festival
  • North Bend Film Fest
  • The Overlook Film Festival
  • Brooklyn Horror Film Festival
  • Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival
  • Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
    New York
  • Panic Fest
    Kansas City, Missouri
    United States
  • The Overlook Film Festival
    New Orleans
    United States
  • Chattanooga Film Festival
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
Director Biography - Steven Chow

Steven is a first generation Chinese New Zealand writer/director/editor and has worked in the local screen sector for over fifteen years including a stint in London. Deeply passionate about filmmaking and cinema, Steven’s independent short films have screened in festivals including NZIFF, Clermont Ferrand and Fantasia.

Recent directing credits include his award-winning short film thriller, MUNKIE, which had a successful North American festival run and is being developed as a feature film. Steven hopes to continue directing compelling, edge-of-your-seat cinema with the focus for more Pan-Asian representation in front and behind the screen.

Steven holds an MA (1st Class Honours) in Screen Production and serves on the board of the Directors and Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Director Statement

After discovering a true crime podcast about Jennifer Pan, a Vietnamese-Canadian who staged a home invasion robbery to murder her parents in response to their severely abusive “tiger parenting”, I was immediately taken by this tragic story and like many, were conflicted by Jennifer’s vengeful intentions but could sympathise with why she felt she had no other option but to orchestrate this heinous crime in order to seek some form of happiness and control in her life. It’s such a rare event to hear of a misguided “golden child” wanting to commit parenticide, and this case lingered in my mind for many months. In fact, I became obsessed with it, scouring discussion threads and watching her police interrogation videos online.

Eventually, I wanted to explore Jennifer’s story within the crime genre for my Master of Arts thesis short film taking inspiration from it, and ultimately creating an anti-heroine protagonist which we have rarely seen from a Chinese New Zealand perspective.

This isn’t a film about family honour – this is about passion, impulsivity, narcissism and one’s right for free will. It’s also about a character who deserves to be just as complex, flawed and damaged as our male antiheroes. There is no moralising or judgements being made but rather this idea of helping our viewers understand an imperfect world. It is my desire to tell this compelling story cinematically and artistically, and I hope it finds its audience here locally and internationally.