See the girl with the headphones in the masthead? That’s Pai Hui-hua (played by Taiwanese actress and singer Amber Kuo), who’s heading to Taitung to pursue a master’s degree in music. Bathed in light and clothed in cream, with a faint smile playing on her lips: a perfect picture of untainted innocence. What better way than this to foreshadow that her chastity is about to be trampled upon?

Pai Hui-hua (Amber Kuo) is a clarinettist who joins the university orchestra.

Pai Hui-hua (Amber Kuo) is a clarinettist who joins the university orchestra. Credit: Singapore Chinese Film Festival

Director Wang Wei-ming’s (王维明) feature film debut is an intense drama based on a true story. Centred on the emotional and legal complexities of a teacher-student rape case, (Sex) Appeal 寒蝉效应 is fleshed out by a strong cast led by Vivian Hsu (徐若瑄), Alyssa Chia (贾静雯), Amber Kuo (郭采洁) and Leon Dai (戴立忍). The film has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Original Song at this year’s Golden Horse Awards.

Pai finds an admirer in Wang Mu-hung (Sean Huang), but whom does she really love? Credit: Singapore Chinese Film Festival

Pai finds an admirer in Wang Mu-hung (Sean Huang), but whom does she really love? Credit: Singapore Chinese Film Festival

Kuo dials down her usually cutesy image to play the conflicted Pai Hui-hua. Credit: Singapore Chinese Film Festival

Kuo dials down her usually cutesy image to play the conflicted Pai Hui-hua. Credit: Singapore Chinese Film Festival

Watch the trailer here:

To win tickets to (Sex) Appeal 寒蝉效应, simply answer this question: What is the name of the director?

E-mail your answer to [email protected] and include your name, I/C number and contact number in your e-mail. Please make sure that you are able to make it for the screening happening on Monday (April 27) at GV VivoCity, 7pm, before joining. The movie is in Mandarin, with English subtitles.

This contest will close at 3pm on Monday (April 27). Contest winners must respond by e-mail or by phone by 4pm after being contacted; failing which the tickets will go to another person.

The Singapore Chinese Film Festival is happening until next Thursday, April 30. Do check out their screening schedule and Facebook page for updates. Tomorrow is the last day The Popping Post will be giving away tickets to an SCFF screening, so do stay tuned. Check out the SCFF trailer here: