Dark Face has moved with his family from the small island of Kinmen off the coast of China to the suburbs of the Taiwanese capital Taipei, in order to open a modest restaurant there. It’s an unusual family, because Dark Face is polygamous. When his first wife, Xue Feng, turned out to be infertile, he also married his former lover Zhihua.
Together, they had two daughters, Laichun and Lairi, and there is now also a newly born son. Laichun is herself already an adult and also pregnant. When one of the relatives dies, family secrets that have been hidden for years float to the surface.
It’s the women who dominate in this warm, layered family drama, already dubbed the best film by Chang Tso-chi (nominated for a Tiger Award in 1997 with Ah Chung). When Love Comes is not only an ode to the power of women, but also an intense drama about the spiritual maturity of Laichun and about bridging generational conflicts. Aptly enough, Chang starts and finishes his film with the birth of a child.

Filmmaker
Chang Tso-chi
Country
Taiwan
Year
2010
Medium
35mm
Length
107’
Language
Mandarin, Taiwanese
Producer
Chang Tso-chi
Production Company
Chang Tso-Chi Film Studio
Sales
Chang Tso-Chi Film Studio
Writer
Chang Tso-chi, Hsieh Hui-ching
Cinematography
Chang Chan
Editor
Chang Tso-chi
Production Design
Peng Wei-min
Sound Design
Chang Chan
Music
Wu Ruei-ran
Cast
Li Yi-jie