Wrath of Desire 


Australian Premiere


Director Zero Chou
Producer Zero Chou, Jay Lin
Cast Peace Yang, Chia Wei Weng,
Yu Ting Hsu, Shang Ho Huang
Country Taiwan
Language Manadrin with English subtitles
Runtime 118min
Year 2020
Genre Drama / Lesbian, Queer, Gay

World Premiere Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2020

Content warning: violent scenes & sexual assault
“Wrath of Desire quickly alternates the worlds it touches, blending fantasy, reality, emotions and desire into a coherent whole."

“As a hybrid between art house and genre cinema, Chou gently examines the relations between sex and gender and the different mechanisms of societal pressure towards those who do not fit the standard moulds and roles.” — Asian Movie Pulse

From the director of ‘Spider Lillies’ (BQFF 2008), this is the first instalment of the intended six-film series about LGBTQ+ romances set in the different East-Asian cities. Directed by openly lesbian Taiwanese director Zero Chou and shot by her partner, Hoho Liu.

Androgynous Phoenix Du, the illicit daughter of a presidential candidate, kills the thug who breaks into her apartment to silence her. She comes before prosecutor Jade Liu, who is guilt-ridden from the suicide of her brother and her strict Catholic upbringing. Before demanding Phoenix’s sentence for manslaughter, Jade has a night of passion with her that redirects both their lives. Phoenix writes her hundreds of letters and begs her to wait for her release. In fear of her own desire, Jade marries Meng Ye, a young gay man she saved from prison.