Wrath of Desire
Cast｜Peace Yang, Chia-Wei Weng, Yu-Ting Hsu, Shang-Ho Huang, Yi-Chun Chen
Producer｜Yun-Hou Liu, Zero Chou
Genre｜Drama, Crime, Exotic, LGBTQ
Production Company｜Harvest Production Films Co.
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, guilt-ridden from the suicide of her brother and her strict Catholic upbringing. Before demanding Phoenix’s three-and-a-half years 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, the genderless young man she saved from prison who reminds her of her brother…
Zero Chou, Taiwanese director and screenwriter, famous for aesthetical creativity and philosophical thinking, graduated from National Chengchi University with a bachelor degree in Philosophy.
Chou is a director who has dedicated her entire professional career to depicting LGBT+ relationships. Being the only Taiwanese director who is openly lesbian, her characters are thoroughly contemplated and relatively realistic. Together with her cinematographer partner, she has launched a project called RainbowAround with the idea to produce 6 films about the LGBT+ communities of different Asian cities.
She is the only Taiwanese female filmmaker who was invited to be Oscars Academy membership in 2019. Before, there are Ang Lee and Hou Hsiao-hsien.
Desire is the only truth. Faced with desire, there’s no right or wrong. One only has to answer to oneself and one’s own principles. Gender is life’s ultimate illusion, a tragic self-deception of the heart that robs so many of us of happiness. In this film, a crime of passion – and the criminality of desire – transforms the lives of three people. Zero Chou’s latest film is part of her Rainbow series. It represents violet, the color of the human soul.