The Painting of Evil

Film Details
Director: CHEN Yung-chi
Cast: Esther LIU, Ming-hsiang TUNG, River HUANG
Genre: Drama
Rated: NC16 - Disturbing Scene
Language: In Mandarin with English and Chinese Subtitles

While teaching prison inmates how to paint, middle-aged artist HSU Pao-ching discovers the beautiful abstract paintings of imprisoned youth CHOU Cheng-ting. Hsu arranges an exhibition for others to appreciate Chou’s astonishing work, only to receive furious backlash from the public, who cannot forget the terrible murders for which Chou was convicted. Unable to understand why others cannot see the objective beauty of the art, Hsu investigates Chou’s past, leading him to a mysterious painting that may be the source of the killer’s inspiration. Writer-director CHEN Yung-chi explores the morally complex relationship between art, the artist, and the viewer in this compelling and provocative thriller.

Taipei Film Festival 2020: Nominated for the International New Talent Competition
Selected for the 2019 Golden Horse Film Project Promotion WIP

The Painting of Evil will be showing at Filmgarde Bugis+ on 8th May 2021. Book your tickets here.