Love and the Eurasian Girl: Yang Yang

One of the finest Taiwanese films in years, a moving and absorbing coming-of-age tale that blurs the line between autobiography and fiction.

We’re used to seeing identity films about Asians born in North America, but what if it’s the reverse: a Eurasian girl living in Taiwan struggling with her own mixed-race background? Despite her French name, actress Sandrine Pinna is a Taiwanese girl at heart. Director Cheng Yu-Chieh understood this, and so he tailored his second feature for his lead. The result is a moving and absorbing coming-of-age tale that blurs the line between autobiography and fiction. It is also one of the finest Taiwanese films in years. With an incredible screen presence and a stunning face to match, Pinna proves once and for all just how above the competition she is. Director Cheng captures all of this with long takes on a handheld camera, giving the film an intimate and genuine adolescent authenticity. The film’s unpredictable and emotionally resonant journey is a breath of fresh air from cookie-cutter teen romance.

Feature Presentation | Sat Nov 14 7:30 PM | Innis Town Hall
YANG YANG

Dir. Cheng Yu-chieh | Taiwan