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Love Is a Gun Ai shi yi ba qiang

Directed by Lee Hong-Chi
Hong Kong, Taiwan 2023
Runtime 81'

Since his release from prison, Sweet Potato has been content with running a small business with meagre earnings by the seaside, heedless of others people’s advice against it. He is pulled into the whirlpool of his past when his old “boss” (whom he has never met), his mother (who thrusts all her debts upon him), and his buddy Maozi all re-appear into his life. One after the other, they regain control over his present life leaving him no hope for the future. Only Seven can assuage his anxieties ever so slightly. One day, at the smoggy and oppressive seaside, Sweet Potato is finally granted a meeting with the “boss”…

Directed by
Lee Hong-Chi

Lee Hong-Chi, Lin Cheng Hsun

Zhu Ying Rong

Qin Yanan

Bruce Su

Tu Duu-Chih

Production design
Lin Zhi Yun

Lee Chi Wei

Lee Hong-chi, Lin Ying Wei, Zheng Qing Yu, Lin Ke Ren, Lee Yu Yao, Edison Song

Shan Zuolong (Monologue Films), Liao Che-i (Southie Films)

Qi Ai, Li Xiaoyuan, Andy An

International sales
Parallax Films

Sunday 03.09
9.00am Hall Perla
Press, Industry

Monday 04.09
2.00pm Hall Perla
Public, All accreditations

Tuesday 05.09
7.45pm Hall Corinto
Public, All accreditations

38SIC Lee Hong-chi

Lee Hong-Chi (1990) is a Taiwanese actor. He is best known for starring in the film Thanatos, Drunk, for which he was named Best New Performer at the 52nd Golden Horse Awards and Best Actor at the 17th Taipei Film Awards. Recently, he has starred in or participated in more than 10 feature films, including Long Day’s Journey into Night (Cannes 2018, Un Certain Regard), Cities of Last Things (Toronto 2018, Platform Prize), Baby (San Sebastián & Toronto 2018), Tigertail (Produced and Distributed by Netflix), etc. Love Is a Gun will be his first feature film, written, directed by, and starring himself.