Written and directed by Chen Yu-hsun, My Missing Valentine is an off-beat comedy of the highest order. Post office worker Hsiao-chi has always seemed in a hurry, one step ahead of everyone and out of sync with the rest of the world. When she wakes up on February 15th with sunburn and no memory of Valentine’s Day, she has to try to piece together events. My Missing Valentine was a major winner at the prestigious Golden Horse film awards where it was won five categories including, best film, best director and best original screenplay.
On a more serious note, Han Cheung, writing a review of the film in the Taipei Times, noted that, ‘Taiwanese movies and dramas still continue to perpetuate the unrequited stalker stereotype as a viable way to win someone’s heart.’ It is this more problematic aspect of the film that will be the focus of the post-screening discussion hosted by Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Interim Creative Director, and Senior Visiting Curator Andy Willis.
Plus, read Fraser Elliot’s programme note on the film.
With thanks to Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan).