A Place of One's Own (2009)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 114 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong, Taiwan  |  
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Two very different artists struggle with similar problems about where to stay in this drama from Taiwan. Mozi (Mo Tzu-yi) is a respected musician whose career has gone into a slump; he's been dropped by his record company and is distributing his recordings by going from store to store as he tries to keep people interested in his work. Mozi's girl friend Kasey (Lu Chia-hsin) is also a musician, but her career is on the rise, and when her manager suggests she should move into a flat of her own, Mozi is stuck with an empty apartment from which he'll probably be evicted, while he lacks the money to go elsewhere. Meanwhile, Lin (Jack Kao) handcrafts houses out of paper that are used to contain the final remains of his customers. Lin's work is in great demand, with clients believing his model houses will bring them good luck in the hereafter. However, while Lin is making money, he opts not to buy the home where he's been a squatter for years, to the puzzlement of his wife Yue (Lu Yi-ching) -- a situation made all the more difficult by Lin's failing health. Yi Shi Zhi De (aka A Place Of One's Own) was the first feature film from director Lou Yi-an.