The intersecting lives and relationships of a group of 20-somethings in Taipei are tested after a tragic incident that connects them all in this searing, smart puzzlebox of film.
Ho Wi Ding, director of 2018’s TIFF Platform Prize-winner CITIES OF LAST THINGS, returns with a portrait of youth in contemporary Taiwan that weaves together several intertwining stories to create a tapestry of love, jealousy, and violence. At the center of this sprawling ensemble is Ming Liang (Austin Lin), a man who commits a shocking public slashing. Yet the film is less interested in the incident itself than in the way it reverberates outward, highlighting the people with whom Ming Liang crosses paths both before and after the attack. Waitress Yu Fang (Moon Lee) falls in love with Monica (Annie Chen), who dreams of a legitimate acting career but harbors a potentially damaging secret. Meanwhile, Xiao Zhang (JC Lin) is determined to marry Yu Fang, and teenager Kiki (Pipi Yao) pines for Ming Liang. Firing on all cylinders, Ho cleverly plays with structure to create a multi-layered, consistently surprising narrative puzzle. In its broad sweep, TERRORIZERS offers a chilling meditation on the themes of alienation, patriarchy and the perils of modern youth.
CAST: Austin Lin, Moon Lee, Annie Chen, JC Lin
In Competition: Narrative Feature
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