Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: Follows three women of different ages – 20, 30 and 40 – in Taipei. The 20ish woman has feelings for her friend.
Alternate Titles: Twenty Thirty Forty
Year: 2004
Duration: 113 min
Language: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan/Chinese
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Sylvia Chang
Writer: Sylvia Chang
Starring: Sylvia Chang, Rene Liu, Angelica Lee, Kate Yeung

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20 30 40Interesting concept. This film follows three women of different ages – 20, 30 and 40 – and looks at their lives during these stages. The stories are interwoven, although the women do not know one another.

Jie (Angelica Lee) arrives in Taipei to start a singing career and moves in with another young woman, Tong Yi (Kate Yeung). They’re having the time of their lives.

30ish Xiang (Rene Liu) is a flight attendant whose love life is a mess, moving between lovers, including a married man. Her struggle is to find stability and a long term relationship.

40-something Lily (writer/director Sylvia Chang) finds out that her husband is having an affair and divorces him after many years of marriage. She is finding her place in the world again and beginning to date.

The lesbian content in this film involves the 20ish friends. Tong Yi has feelings for Jie, suggesting that they make love. But Jie rejects her advances by laughing, putting a wedge in their close friendship. It’s only when it’s too late that Jie reciprocates.

Received Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Nice character studies, although two of the stories are very focused on finding the right man. (AB)