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Program Title: the personals
EASC Code: CP-06
Series Title:
Region/Country: Taiwan
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: DVD & VHS
Director: Chen Kou-fu
Producer: Hsu Li-kong
Release Date: 1999
Running Time: 104 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: Wu, an attractive and successful ophthalmologist, places a personal ad in a newspaper to try and meet Mr. Right who she'll be able to marry. A succession of blind dates ensues, featuring men who are lonely, desperate, strange, perverted, or all of the above.
From a tight fisted businessman to a shy writer who brings his mother, to a shoe fetishist and a pimp looking for call girls, even a B-actor (in disguise) "doing research", Wu sees them all and patiently listens to their spiel. What they don't know is that Wu has a mysterious ex-lover who may (or may not) be the man she truly seeks.
Honored at the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), The Personals' Rene Liu gives a lustrous performance as Wu, the complicated and strong-willed woman navigating through a world of thwarted dreams and endless longing.
Data Entry Date: 5/20/2003