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The Road to Mandalay is a 2016 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Midi Z.[2] The film premiered at the 73rd edition of the Venice Film Festival in the Venice Days section, in which it was awarded the Fedeora Award for Best Film.[3] It was also screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.[4]

The Road to Mandalay
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Film poster
MandarinZài Jiàn Wǎ Chéng
Directed byMidi Z
Produced byPatrick Mao Huang
Midi Z
Written byMidi Z
StarringKai Ko
Wu Ke-xi
Music byLim Giong
CinematographyTom Fan
Edited byMatthieu Laclau
Distributed byVie Vision Pictures
Release date
  • 5 September 2016 (2016-09-05) (Venice)
  • 9 December 2016 (2016-12-09) (Taiwan)
Running time
108 minutes
LanguageSouthwestern Mandarin
Box officeNT$7.1 million[1]



A Young Burmese girl Lien Ching (Wu Ke-xi) smuggles herself in a truck heading for Bangkok, Thailand, aiming to pursue a better life, and eventually even go to Taiwan for better opportunities. In Bangkok she meets A-kuo (Kai Ko), a boy from the same Burmese hometown Lashio, who was less ambitious but pragmatic and had a crush on her.

Due to lacking proper identification Liang struggled to find legitimate work and was gets arrested as illegal immigrant by the Thai authorities. She is fined and has to rely on A-kuo's help. Lien Ching becomes desperate to obtain an legal paperwork, even if it is fraudulent.

After several failed attempts on the paper and losing money she finally accepts a solution offered by a drug dealer which requires a huge sum of money. in order to collect the amount Lien Ching prostitutes herself. this act had enrages A-kuo, who has been supporting her.

Finally A-kuo murders Lien Ching and commits suicide.


Awards and nominationsEdit

Award ceremony Category Recipients Result Ref
53rd Golden Horse Awards Best Feature Film The Road to Mandalay Nominated [5]
Best Director Midi Z Nominated
Best Leading Actor Kai Ko Nominated
Best Leading Actress Wu Ke-xi Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Midi Z Nominated
Best Art Direction Akekarat Homlaor Nominated
36th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan The Road to Mandalay Nominated [6]
19th Taipei Film Awards Press Award Won [7]
73rd Venice International Film Festival Fedeora Award for Best Film Won [8]
Youth Film Handbook Awards Male Actor of the Year Kai Ko Won [9]
58th Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Film The Road to Mandalay Nominated
Best Director Midi Z Won
Best Actor Kai Ko Nominated
Best Actress Wu Ke-xi Nominated
Best Screenplay Midi Z Nominated
Best Cinematography Tom Fan Nominated
Best Editing Matthieu Laclau Nominated
Best Art Direction Akekarat Homlaor Nominated


  1. ^ "TFI-國家電影中心 Taiwan Film Institute - 電影票房資訊-每月票房公告". Archived from the original on 7 March 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Midi Z's 'Road To Mandalay' secures German co-producer". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  3. ^ Vittoria Scarpa (9 September 2016). "The Venice Days Award goes to The War Show". CinEuropa. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Toronto unveils City To City, World Cinema, Masters line-ups". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  5. ^ "台北金馬影展 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival". Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  6. ^ Frater, Patrick (8 February 2017). "Indies, Newcomers Dominate Hong Kong Film Award Nominations". Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  7. ^ "2017 Taipei Film Festival - News - Latest News - 2017List of Taipei Film Awards Winners". Retrieved 16 July 2017.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ autori, Giornate degli. "Full list of prizes awarded to Venice Days films". Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  9. ^ "柯震東再見瓦城 青年電影手冊男演員獎 - 娛樂 - 中央社即時新聞 CNA NEWS". Retrieved 16 July 2017.

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