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All is fair in love and war

Award-winning Taiwanese screenwriter Mag Hsu and music video director Hsu Chih-yen’s co-directorial debut film, about a third party who breaks up a romance, is inspired by the former’s heartbreak

By Paige Lim  /  Contributing reporter in Udine, Italy

“After some people watched our first cut, I was really sad because the reaction wasn’t as good as I had expected,” she says. “I was worried that this film might be left in the refrigerator forever, so we decided to retouch the film to make it more whimsical and appealing to younger viewers.”

It seems like their efforts have paid off — Dear Ex was received positively at the Far East Film Festival, with audiences praising its heartfelt storyline and snappy graphics.

“The response there was overwhelming,” Mag Hsu says. “On the other hand, predicting how Taiwanese audiences will react to our film is like fishing for a needle in the ocean, though I hope they will react the same way as those in Italy.”

Given Taiwan’s historic ruling towards legalizing same-sex marriage in May last year, it perhaps could not be a more well-timed release for Dear Ex, which is set to open in local theaters in September.

With that in mind, however, both directors are quick to assert that their film goes beyond its LGBT themes.

“The film is really about humanity and love. When it comes to love, there should not be any kind of discrimination,” Hsu Chih-yen says.

The sentiment is echoed by Mag Hsu. “Many people in the world have different views about love, and how to deal with love,” she says. “At the end of the day, I want this film to help us understand the real meaning of love, and resolve any opposing ideas.”

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