Outside the Window

An eight-year-old boy, Le-Ming, loses the beetle which his mother rarely gives him because of his mischief. He enters the community's “abandoned lot” to find his beetle, and meets a strange old woman who wants to accompany him to find the beetle. The frightened Le-Ming returns to the temple to find her mother's help; however, his mother will be angry if she knows he enters the lot. Therefore, Le-Ming has to face the next fantasy journey alone and figures out who this woman is and the relationship between him and the woman is about; meanwhile, he has to keep the secret toward his mother.


  • Shawn Lai
  • Gigi Lai
  • Tsai-Tung Weng
  • Bo-Hao Ruan
    Key Cast
  • Tsai-Yi Huang
    Key Cast
    "Le-Ming's Mother"
  • Chu-Mei Fan
    Key Cast
  • Chen-Wen Chen
  • Yi-Hao Su
    Production Designer
  • Luqi Zhao
  • Shawn Lai
  • Cali Wang
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    23 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 26, 2021
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    Mandarin Chinese
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    Alexa Mini
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Director Biography - Shawn Lai

Shawn Lai, born in Taichung City, Taiwan, is a director, writer, producer, and film educator. He graduated from an MFA filmmaking major at New York Film Academy. In his stories, he loves to write the characters in the fairy tale stories who struggle over what seems unchangeable in society or life and turn them into allegoric fantasy films.

賴楷璿 (Shawn Lai),出生於台灣台中市,等公車電影工作室共同創辦人,致力於影像創作及影像教育。紐約電影學院 (New York Film Academy) 研究所畢業,主修導演。電影作品有2021年執導《將會遇見的你》、2020年編劇執導《The World I See》,其作品入圍英國羅德島電影節、美國休士頓世界電影節、日本東京類型電影節最佳奇幻短片&最佳導演。喜歡以童話故事的概念來刻畫小人物身處在艱辛的大環境時,追尋自我的故事;欲以奇幻的影視風格帶給觀眾作品的寓意。平時喜歡畫畫、旅行、寫劇本,最喜歡的導演為宮崎駿及Giuseppe Tornatore。

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Director Statement

Being young, everyone experiences their own fantasy. I believe that the movie will arouse the buried feelings and the hidden world that exists within people. I look forward to sharing the feelings of being afraid, curious and feeling blessed with the audience. Also, this movie is able to reveal the non-living perspective that is often neglected and allow the audience to feel the accompany from them.

The world doesn’t lack worrisome things; nevertheless, when people meet with others, with object and incidents, a lot of the time, it means more than just a coincidence. Filming in where I grew up at, Taiwan, brings out the most of the imagination and stories that will be dedicated to the film.