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20:30:40 (2004)

Er shi san shi si shi (original title)
Three women in different stages of their lives - 20, 30, 40 - face the hardships of the female existence.


Sylvia Chang


Sylvia Chang (screenplay), Sylvia Chang (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Chang ... Lily
Rene Liu ... Xiang Xiang
Angelica Lee ... Xiao Jie
Kate Yeung ... Tong Yi
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Shi-Jie 'Jerry' Zhang
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Shi Ge
Richie Jen ... Wang (The Tennis Instructor) (as Richie Ren)
Hung-Liang Chang Hung-Liang Chang ... Brian Sun (as Jeremy Chang)
Bo-lin Chen ... Rock Musician
Shirwenna Ker Shirwenna Ker ... Emily (Lily's husband's mistress)
Chih-Hsiang Ma ... Hsiao Chi
Sticky-Rice Sticky-Rice ... (as Mi Tuan Nuo)
Phoenix Chang ... (as Phoenix Cheng)
Timothy Chao
Joanne Tseng ... (as Chih Chiao Tzeng)


Three women in different stages of their lives - 20, 30, 40 - face the hardships of the female existence.

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They were looking for love... but they found each other.


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Strong, dramatic performances by the lead ladies.
14 November 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

This is a powerful movie from Taiwan, where the lives of three women in different stages of their lives - ages 20, 30, 40 - face the consequences and hardships of their roles in life.

I first saw this movie on a plane-ride to China, and it was well worth the hour and a half plus time. I've found the lead actresses, Sylvia Chang, Rene Liu and Angelica Lee to have given very powerful and commanding performances in their respective roles, provided much drama, realism and heartfelt moments in making the movie engaging and captivating.

While a film that could give you a few tears, this movie also has some humor that will give you a few chuckles, particularly in the part where Sylvia Chang's character try to outwit her love-starve tennis instructor lover.

I also particularly enjoy the sincere portrayal of Rene Liu's character, how her struggles and hardship of failed relationships and life-on-the-rocks livelihood are detailed; her praying upon the grave of her deceased mother to help her through the hard times is emotional. Their portrayals of their lives could be something you could relate to in real life.

While the three women are not related in the story, the story cleverly makes connections and plot twists involving the three.

There are some moments where the plot does drag on at times, but not to the point of sheer boredom. Overall, a very nice drama from director Sylvia Chang.

Grade B+

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Hong Kong | Taiwan | Japan


Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

5 March 2004 (Taiwan) See more »

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20:30:40 See more »


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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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