Synopsis: On Mother's Day in Taipei, Chen Mo makes a date for dinner with his wife, hoping to bring their estranged relationship back together. While buying a cake on his way home, a car unexpectedly double parks next to his car, preventing his exit. For the entire night, Chen Mo searches the floors of a nearby apartment building for the owner of the illegally parked car, and encounters a succession of strange events and eccentric characters: an old couple living with their precocious granddaughter who have lost their only son, 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 captured by underground loan sharks. After many hardships, Chen Mo finally gets his car out of the parking space, and, with new friends riding beside him, advances toward a new horizon in life.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Mong-Hong Chung
  7 wins & 6 nominations.
112 min

Cream Production


The second Sunday in May


Last night I worked until dawn

I originally wanted

to drive straight home

I was too tired and slept a while

by the side of the road

What time is it?

Today? Yes, didn't we

make an appointment for dinner today?

If I head back now, I should be in time

The store in that alley?

You bought the chocolate one?

Ok, should I buy the 6-inch cake

Or should I buy 2 small ones?

I'll decide for you

And buy some chocolate for you too

Okay? See you soon

Bye bye

Is this for Mother's Day

or for a birthday?

No, this is for my own dessert

This Italian Boston

and Italian chocolate,

What's the difference between the two?

The filling is different

Inside this one is sponge cake,

with fresh whipped cream

In this one is mousse

the texture is lighter

How many people is this for?



then would you consider this small one?

The lady who came with you last time,

she bought the chocolate mousse

Yes, that's my wife

She doesn't like chocolate mousse

I'll have a six-inch tiramisu

There's no six-inch,

this is the only one left

Then an Italian chocolate


How do you make your

chocolate like that?

It looks like it's got no energy

My chocolate is sold for its taste,

not for its energy

If you think my chocolate got no energy

I suggest you go to

the convenience store, or the supermarket

The chocolate there is very energetic

Lady, I just want to buy a cake

Sorry, we're closed today

Mister, I want to ask

Whose is that double-parked car outside?

Wait a moment, let me fix this first

Sorry to keep you waiting,

let's go out and take a look

This car?

This car belongs to the third floor

They often park this way at night

You see where the window was broken?

Looks like it was a bullet

No doubt, it's the third floor's

Well then, you could try honking

The third floor on this side?

They should come down soon

Wait for a moment

Thank you

Little girl

Little girl, are your parents home?

Grandpa, someone's here

Sir, I would like to ask about...

Little Ma!

Ah-Yun, Little Ma came back

Little Ma?

Little Ma came back?

Little Ma

Little Ma

Little Ma

Little Ma

You came back?

You've gotten thinner

You came back,

why didn't you tell us first?

No matter, come, let's have dinner

It's dinner time


Sir, I made a mistake


Little girl, bye bye

Bye bye

Hey, did you find them?

I saw the car leave just now

Yeah, I just went to the third floor

That car doesn't belong

to the third floor

It's not? Sorry, I misremembered

Then it should be the fourth floor's

Only the third and fourth floors

are occupied here

I can't tell who's who

You saw Nini, didn't you?

The little girl? I did

Just now the old man

and woman thought I was Little Ma

Little Ma is their son?

Little Ma is the old man

and old woman's only son

Nini is Little Ma's daughter

And Little Ma?

Was convicted and shot to death

That was all six, seven years ago

It was big news

A bodyguard kidnapped

his client's child

Do you remember the news?

Little Ma's wife was about

to give birth at the time

And after she gave birth, she became

sick and had to stay at the hospital

Little Ma didn't have enough money

That's why he kidnapped

his client's child

He put the child in a car trunk

and suffocated him by accident

Before Little Ma was arrested

His wife died

Thank you, sir, I'll be going


Can you wait one more hour for me?

There are some things tying me up here

I can't explain it clearly

over the phone right now

I'll tell you when I get back


Are you hungry?

I bought the cake already

I bought a six-inch cake


Bye bye

Little girl, what's your name?

My name is Nini

How old are you?

I just turned six years old

So you're six years old

You are doing it wrong

It's not right?

No, it's not

It's not?

Then how do you do it?

Turn it around


Like this?

It's my turn

Little Ma, come help for a moment

You try it

I've forgotten,

how old are you this year?

I'm 31 years old

Not long from now,

we're going to be moving out

Most of the neighborhood has moved out

There are only a few households left

They're in a similar situation

Don't know where to move to

A few years ago

You wrote a letter back to us

After your father read it

He only told me you were busy overseas

I asked him and said

Did you say anything else?

He only said you wanted us

to take care of ourselves

I wouldn't believe that

We've been apart all these years

You must have a lot of things to say to me

This letter

I've always kept it beside me

I keep on telling your father

Before I leave this world

I want to hear your voice again


Read it for me

To Mr. Ma

Dear Dad and Mom: I will be gone.

I am sorry to you, Nini,

and the victim's family.

Hsiao-Yu was ill... Everything

happened so suddenly.

I am in jail,

unable to take care of you.

Dad, Mom

Is everything going well?

Xiao Yu and I are in Boston right now

Last week

The company suddenly

transferred me to America

Xiao Yu came along with me

Things happened very suddenly

I didn't have time to contact you

I am really sorry

It's already spring here right now

It's cold here

I am very unused to the lifestyle here

But don't worry

Even though Xiao Yu and I are overseas

We are always thinking of you

And Nini

When my life here is settled down

I will return and bring Nini over here

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