Running Time: 26 mins / Production Year: 2018~2019 / On Platforms: Taiwan, 15 August 2019 / Platforms: Netflix, iQiYi, PTS+, PTS
Living in a neat and tidy neighborhood, Zhu is asked to keep her place clean. The landlady gives her an ultimatum, demanding that she meet the requirements. Zhu makes every effort but is still unable to remove the black stain which starts to permeate on the wall. She has no choice but to take extreme measures.
Executive Producers: CHENG-YU TUNG, YEH JUFENG
Producer: CHAO TIEN-HAO
Story Supervisors: YAO-SHENG CHANG, LIAO CHEN KAI
Scriptwriter: LILLIAN YU
Director of Photography: CHIANG MIN-CHUNG
Gaffer: BEN CHUANG
Production Designer: YANG CHUAN-HSIN
Costume Designer: LORE SHIH
Editor: KIPO LIN
Sound: NING TSENG
Music: POINT HSU
VFX: GENESIS FILM LIMITED
VFX Supervisor: XANDER GUO
FOREST WEN as Zhu Ting
JANEL TSAI as Jennifer
JENNIFER JAO as Zhu Ting’s Mother (Voice)
VANESSA JIAN as Counter Staff
Helen LEE as Girl with a Red Hat
A producer-turned-director, graduated with M.S. degree in Radio/TV/Film from the Indiana State University. After producing critically acclaimed films with producer YEH Jufeng, she turns career to directing, in the hope of developing multi-faceted genre films with unique and irreplaceable point-of-view.
’A stain? Remove it then!’
Deep down in our hearts, we all have a stain that can never be removed. Behind every stain may lie an unspeakable secret or a recurrent nightmare.
Originally, Perfectly Spotless aims to look into the oppression and restrictions imposed on women by the establishment. Whenever a woman doesn’t behave as she is expected to, it is seen as a weakness or even a stain. There are always people, many other women included, who regard themselves righteous, telling her how she should behave herself. As time goes by, we are not certain whether it is because the stain has become part of her personality or it has brought out the darkest in her that she is eventually driven mad.
Nevertheless, since the term “establishment” has a rather broad meaning, I allegorically narrow the issue down to the assault on women. Is it really that easy to remove a stain? Or is it true that “whatever you cannot see doesn’t exist”?
*Selected for the FANTASTIC SHORT FILMS section at the Bucheon Int’l Fantastic Film Festival, 2019.
*Selected for the FORWARD TAIWAN section at the Taipei Film Festival, 2019.