20 30 40

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20 30 40
Hong Kong Poster
Directed bySylvia Chang
Screenplay bySylvia Chang
StarringSylvia Chang
Rene Liu
Angelica Lee
Music byKay Huang
CinematographyChien Hsiang
Edited byLiao Ching-song
Release date
  • March 5, 2004 (2004-03-05) (Taiwan)
Running time
113 minutes
Box officeUS$704,550[1]

20 30 40 is a 2004 Taiwanese film directed by Sylvia Chang. It was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival, and was Taiwan's submission to the 77th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2][3]


The stories of three women aged 20, 30 and 40, in different stages of their lives.

Xiao Jie, a Malaysian girl who just turned twenty, has arrived in Taipei for the first time to make her dream of being a pop star come true. Xie Jie makes friends with Yi Tong, a Hong Kong girl who pursues a music career as well. When they meet with reverses and realize the fact of life, they find themselves in the mire...

Xiang Xiang is 30 years old, and she is a flight attendant. In her conversation with her colleague, Xiang Xiang says that she is caught between two men. One is a mature doctor but already married, and the other one is a young recorder who is still ignorant. However, she still retains the memory of her ex-boyfriend in New York. Xiang Xiang is confused and she does not know who her true love is.

Lily is a 40-year-old woman who got divorced with her husband and goes back to single life again. Facing life as a single woman in the middle-age, Lily tries out new lifestyle and has fun for her own. In the new life that she has been away for decades, Lily gets to know how to get along with her own company, and what a middle-aged woman really needs before love and success.[4]



The theme song of the movie which is called "20 30 40" as well was sung by Sylvia Chang, Rene Liu and Angelica Lee.[5] The song expresses how women want and need in modern society, telling the audience that no matter what stage of life you are arriving, the way you choose to live is the most important. Happiness and beauty are not restricted by age.


The film was originally released in 2004 in Germany, and then was released on screens in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea. The film was released on DVD in 2005 in Argentina by Columbia TriStar Films de Argentina, Italy and Hungary.[6]

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  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/intl/?page=&id=_f202
  2. ^ "50 Countries in Competition for Oscar". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2004-10-22. Archived from the original on August 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
  3. ^ "2005 Oscars 77th Academy Awards Nominees". Yahoo! Movies. 2005-01-25. Archived from the original on 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
  4. ^ "20 30 40". BaiDu BaiKe. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  5. ^ "20 30 40". HuDong BaiKe. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  6. ^ "20 30 40 (Movie)". M1905 Movie. Retrieved 3 April 2013.

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