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US streaming giant Netflix is to release award-winning Mandarin language film Dear Ex globally from 1 February.

DearEx Netflix 24Jan2019The black comedy, starring Roy Chiu, Ying-Xuan Hsieh, Spark Chen and Joseph Huang, was awarded Best Feature Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Media Recommendation at the Taipei Film Festival.

Written by Mag Hsu and Shih-Yuan Lu and directed by Mag Hsu and Chih-Yen Hsu, Dear Ex is a story of diverse and sometimes conflicting family values. Its refreshing treatment of its subject marks a change from traditional Mandarin films.

“From the themes and cast to the decision to land on Netflix as our exclusive global premiere platform, every choice was an experiment,” says director and writer Mag Hsu.
“We have shone a spotlight on the forces behind different kinds of family values for audiences in Taiwan and across Asia. Now, we want to show the world the growing momentum in Mandarin-language films.”

Dear Ex follows three people who are linked by fate because of love and family. Adolescent Song Chengxi (Joseph Huang) loses his father Song Zhengyuan (Spark Chen) to cancer, but instead of having time to mourn, Chengxi finds himself caught in a feud between his widowed mother Liu Sanlian (Ying-xuan Hsieh) and his father’s gay lover Jay (Roy Chiu). As Liu fights Jay for Song’s insurance money, Chengxi gradually learns that what holds both Liu and Jay back is not the money, but the weight of the loving memories they each have with his father.

The Dear Studio-produced film also picked up the award for Best Director at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2018 and Best Actress at the Golden Horse Awards.