Parking

Overview

Parking
Director: Chung Mong-Hong
Writer: Chung Mong-Hong
Genre: Choral, Psychological Drama and Dark Comedy
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, English Subtitles and French Subtitles (DVD only)
Release Dates:
Nov 6, 2009
Montréal @ AMC Forum
Nov 27, 2009
Toronto @ AMC Yonge & Dundas
Feb 26, 2010
University of Toronto @ Asian Institute
Mar 19, 2010
Ottawa @ Mayfair Theatre
Apr 2, 2010
Saskatoon @ Broadway Theatre
Apr 19, 2010
Vancouver @ Vancity Theatre
Jun 8, 2010
DVD

On Mother’s Day in Taipei, Chen-Mo makes a dinner date with his wife, hoping to improve their estranged relationship. While buying a cake on his way home, a car double-parks next to his, preventing his exit. For the entire night, Chen-Mo searches for the owner of the car and encounters a succession of strange events and eccentric characters: an old couple who have lost their only son and are living with their precocious granddaughter; a one-armed barbershop owner cooking fish-head soup; a mainland Chinese prostitute trying to escape her pimp’s cruel clutches; and a Hong-Kong tailor embroiled in debt and threatened by underground loan sharks. Combining the different flavours of drama, comedy, and noir film, PARKING interweaves stories to create a moving and darkly funny film, served up in a superb cinematography that will have you transfixed to the screen.

Awards
Golden Horse Award, Best Art Direction: Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2008
FIPRESCI Critics Award: Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2008
Best New Talent: Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2008
Audience Favourite Film: Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2008
Most Inspired Film Director: !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival 2009

Festivals

Cannes International Film Festival 2008 – Un Certain Regard
Montreal World Film Festival 2008
Bangkok International Film Festival 2008
Vancouver International Film Festival 2008
Pusan International Film Festival 2008
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2008
Stockholm International Film Festival 2008
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2008
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2008 – Opening Film
!f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival 2009
Spokane International Film Festival 2009
Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival 2009
Osaka Asian Film Festival 2009
Ottawa Film Festival / Festival du film de l’Outaouais
Bradford International Film Festival 2009
Taiwan London Cinefest 2009
Barcelona Asian Film Festival 2009
Silk Screen Film Festival 2009


Reviews

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"Go ahead and add Chung Mong-Hong to the distinguished list of directors putting Taiwan on the cinematic map. His debut feature, Parking, might feel like Crash, Short Cuts and many other films about the coincidences that link a group of disparate people, but he has a poetic eye and confident storytelling style...''
Glenn Sumi, Now!

"... the beauty of this well-crafted flight of dark-tinted fancy is how comfortable it makes us feel on the edge. A strange little movie with a lot of style - and a solid heart - PARKING demands some abstract manoeuvring before it lets you kiss the curb of closure. It may be tedious for some, but a great mental exercise for others."
Katherine Monk, CanWest

"PARKING is a strange and terrific Taiwanese film (...) There are very few movies reminiscent of AFTER HOURS, LOST and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM; that Parking attracts such diverse comparisons is a huge compliment. This is a special movie with a strong, strange personality of its own. IT'S GREAT."
Mark Slutsky, The Montreal Mirror

"Parking (Ting che) is an attractive oddity from Taiwan that mashes drama, comedy, film noir and the absurd... ...writer-director-ace cinematograher Chung Mong-Hong’s promising, visually dazzling first film."
John Griffin, The Gazette

“A precision-crafted, AFTER HOURS-like black comedy, PARKING reps a strong feature debut...”
Derek Elley, Variety

“Black humour and smooth storytelling... a neat concept film. Chung’s assured narrative skill is evident...”
Maggie Lee, The Hollywood Reporter

"Parking is a surprisingly morose film, and though it does have moments of comedy, they’re soaking in a cold, slightly mean-spirited mood. First time director Mong-Hong Chung has crafted quite a film, one of layered atmosphere, moody flashbacks, and strange twists."
Al Kratina, The Gazette's Ciné File

“Chung Mong-hong has made a distinctive calling card here, smartly zipping through the different genres from tearjerker to gangster. ...strong performances from a solid ensemble cast with impeccable credentials...”
Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

“One of the 10 best films of 2008. This gem puts a new talent in Taiwanese cinema on the map... Chan Chen gives an outstanding performance... This choral is comparable to Robert Altman’s best work. Make sure to catch this movie. You won’t regret it.”
Simon Laperrière, Twitchfilm

"Writer/director/cinematographer Chung Mong-Hong has crafted a fascinating, thought-provoking Mother’s Day tale that takes a long, detailed look at the family."
James Wegg Review

Cast & Crew

Chen Chang (Chen Mo)

Red Cliff I & II, Breath, Silk, 2046, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Happy Together

Lunmei Kwai (Chen Mo's Wife)

All About Women, Secret, The Most Distant Course, The Passage

Leon Dai (The Pimp)

Buttonman, The Wall-Passer, The Passage

Chapman To (The Tailor)

Isabella, Initial D, Infernal Affairs

Jack Kao (The Barber)

Shinjuku Incident, Ghosted, God Man Dog

Peggy Tseng (The Hooker)

First film

Mong-Hong Chung (Director, Writer & Cinematographer)

Doctor (Documentary)

News & Press

  • PARKING on DVD from June 8th

    May 27, 2010

    PARKING, a Taiwanese dramatic comedy, will be released on the Evokative Collection of DVDs this June 8th. PARKING is the first fiction feature by Chung Mong-Hong, who also signed the scenario and cinem... Continue »

  • PARKING at the AMC Forum Theatre from November 6th!

    October 22, 2009

    After its acquisition at last year’s Asian Film Market in Pusan and an impressive tour of International film festivals, Evokative Films is very happy to finally offer the Taiwanese dramatic comed... Continue »

  • ADRIFT IN TOKYO and PARKING make Twitchfilm’s “Best films of 2008″ lists

    December 29, 2008

    As 2008 comes to a close, film critics are making their countdowns of the best films seen through the year. I’ve been very happy to see that not one, but two films from Evokative’s line-up ... Continue »

  • A first Taiwanese title for Evokative: PARKING

    October 07, 2008

    Evokative Films now visits another Asian country on its cinematic tour of the world: Taiwan! PARKING (TING CHE), a black comedy by Mong-Hong Chung, first played in Cannes in the Un Certain Regard secti... Continue »

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