In Ming Dynasty 17th-century Taiwan, Drift Island is a lawless paradise that is home to a community of social outcasts, protected by Master Hai (Simon Yam) and his loyal crew of rebels. Twin sisters White Snow and White Frost (Michelle Chen and Ivy Chen), are held in the highest regard as the most beautiful and talented performing courtesans in the region. However, their existence is precarious as they hide a grisly secret that is resurfacing by the day. While one sister dreams of true love and freedom, the other conspires to plan an escape. A series of tragic and fatal events result.
Ripples of Desire is the biggest period drama to emerge from Taiwan in recent history, and features an all-star cast. In her most ambitious film to date, Chou maintains a special sympathy for those who exist on society’s margins, while working her distinctive style that freely shifts between realism and fantasy.
Zero Chou began her career as a journalist and has won numerous awards for her films exploring the Taiwan LGBT community. Her recent works include Drifting Flowers, Splendid Float (winner of three Golden Horse Awards, including best Taiwanese Film), and Spider Lilies (winner of the Teddy Award at Berlin International Film Festival 2007).
Screening will be followed by a catered reception in the lobby of RHCPA.
The programme is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts’ Visiting Foreign Artists Program