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Heavy Craving
A film by Pei-Ju Hsieh
Year|2019 Duration|90 min Language|Mandarin Country/District|Taiwan World Premiere|Taipei


30 years old. Weighs 105 kilograms. Lunch lady Ying-Juan was dealt a bad hand. She works at her mother's childcare center and has a harder time fitting in than a T-Rex in a petting zoo. On her birthday, Ying-Juan's mother signs her up for a weight loss program. To earn her mom's approval, Ying-Juan reluctantly joins the class.
But things change when Ying-Juan meets Wu, a deliveryman who bears a checkered past underneath his radiant smile. Encouraged by Wu, Ying-Juan becomes more determined to lose weight. Meanwhile, Ying-Juan discovers Xiao-Yu, a straight-A student at the childcare center, is a secret cross-dresser, and special bond begins to form between them. Just when things are getting on the right track, Ying-Juan’s passion for cooking and life seem to be fading away due to her over-aggressive diet. Bitterly, Ying-Juan finds herself standing on the brink of a meltdown, both physically and psychologically…


Pei-Ju Hsieh

HSIEH earned her MFA in film directing at Columbia University. She is one of the directors of Ten Years Taiwan, a collection of short films, which was selected for Busan International Film Festival and was nominated for the Best Narrative Feature at the 2018 Taipei Film Awards. Her feature debut, Heavy Craving participated in Berlinale Talents Script Station, Produire Au Sud Taipei, Golden Horse WIP and won the Script Development Award at HAF.


While Films Ltd.
Sunshine and Moonlight Co. Ltd.


Tsai Jia-yin
Samantha Ko
Yao Chang
Chang En-wei


Producers: Jing Wang, E.N. Lee
Cinematography: Hao-Jan Chang
Art Design: Kuo-Chen Yao
Editor: A-Bo Chen
Music: Hung Tao Lin


Taipei Film Festival
International New Talent Competition - Audience’s Choice Award & Best New Talent

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Best Performance

Busan International Film Festival

Five Flavours Asian Film Festival

Hong Kong Asian Film Festival

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