Lai-chun – played by Lee Yi-chieh, winner of the Best New Talent prize at the Taipei International Film Festival – is a flirtatious 16-year-old girl living in a claustrophobic house with her complicated family in Taipei. The family is made up of the matriarch of the house (Lü Hsueh-feng), her father Dark Face (Lin Yu-shun), her mother (Ho Tzu0hua), her grandfather, her younger sister, her autistic uncle, and her newborn baby brother.
The family runs a small restaurant in a shopping arcade while Lai-chun lives in her own world, distant from her family. She spends her days dreaming about boys, but when her irresponsibility turns her life upside down and her boyfriend abandons her, she must change the way she runs her life.
When a family member suddenly dies and the family begins to unravel, it becomes increasingly clear that there is no room for Lai-chun’s teenaged sulkiness and self-absorption.
When Love Comes is a heartfelt film that tells the story of a dysfunctional but loving family that must find strength and love in one another during its most difficult times.
Director Chang Tso-chi is undoubtedly one of Taiwan’s most notable directors. Working-class family conflicts and social alienation are common elements of his work. When Love Comes is a critically acclaimed film that presents the struggles of a traditional Taiwanese family in their efforts to cope with each other’s flaws.