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Interview with Chang Tso-chi: I think you have to run a family like a business, you have to put an effort in it to make it work, to make it a family

Chang Tso-chi (1961) is a Taiwanese film maker. He studied film and drama at the Chinese Culture University. When he started his career in the film industry as an assistant photographer and an assistant director, he worked with renowned directors such as Tsui Hark and especially Hou Hsiao-hsien, who is a visible influence on his work. His films, like “The Best of Times”, “When Love Comes” and “Thanatos, Drunk”, were selected for international film festivals like Cannes, Venice and Berlin. “Synapses” was the opening film of the Taiwanese Golden Horse Film Festival.

On the occasion his latest film “Synapses” selected for the Voices section and the Big Screen Competition at the the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr), we speak to him about losing our memories, working with professional actors, Taiwanese opera and other topics.

There is an alternative English title for the film “The Beloved Stranger”. Can you explain why you

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