Little Big Women

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Little Big Women
Traditional Chinese孤味
Hanyu PinyinGūwèi
Hokkien POJKo̍-bī
Directed byJoseph Hsu
Written byMaya Huang
Joseph Hsu
Based onGuo Mie (short film)
by Joseph Hsu
Produced byChing-Song Liao
Vivian Hsu
StarringChen Shu-fang
Hsieh Ying-xuan
Vivian Hsu
Sun Ke-fang
Ding Ning
Buffy Chen
CinematographyJon Keng
Music byBlaire Ko
Each Other Films
Distributed byVie Vision Pictures (Taiwan; theatrical)
Distribution Workshop (International)
Netflix (Worldwide; OTT)
Release date
  • November 6, 2020 (2020-11-06)
Running time
123 minutes
LanguagesTaiwanese Hokkien
BudgetNT$40 million
Box officeNT$190 million

Little Big Women (Chinese: 孤味) is a 2020 Taiwanese drama film directed by Joseph Hsu,[1] adapted from an eponymous 2017 short film. The film premiered in October 2020 at the Busan International Film Festival.[2] The film became a box office hit in Taiwan.[3]


Lin Xiu-ying (Chen Shu-fang) is a well-known restaurant owner in Tainan. Without the support of her husband, she has single handedly raised three daughters by selling shrimp rolls at a roadside stall. Since then, her daughters have grown up with remarkable achievements. Her eldest daughter A-Qing (Hsieh Ying-xuan) is an international dancer, the second daughter A-Yu (Vivian Hsu) works as a plastic surgeon in Taipei, and the youngest daughter Jia-jia (Sun Ke-fang) oversees the restaurant business. On the day of her 70th birthday, Xiu-ying receives news of her husband's passing. While preparing for his funeral, she unexpectedly meets Ms Tsai (Ding Ning) who accompanied her husband through his old age, grappling with a long-buried resentment held over the years.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards ceremony Category Nominee Result Ref
2020 57th Golden Horse Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Maya Huang, Joseph Hsu Nominated [4]
Best New Director Joseph Hsu Nominated
Best Leading Actress Chen Shu-fang Won
Best Supporting Actress Hsieh Ying-xuan Nominated
Best Original Film Score Blaire Ko Nominated
Best Original Film Song Little Big Women Nominated
2021 15th Asian Film Awards Best Actress Chen Shu-fang Nominated [5][6]
Best Supporting Actress Hsieh Ying-xuan Nominated


  1. ^ "Little Big Women" (in Chinese (Taiwan)). Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  2. ^ "Little Big Women: emotional Taiwanese family drama on Netflix". South China Morning Post. 2021-02-03. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  3. ^ Winkelman, Natalia (2021-02-05). "'Little Big Women' Review: Heartbreak is a Family Affair". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  4. ^ "台北金馬影展 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival". Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  5. ^ "The 15th Asian Film Awards Nominations Announced". Asian Film Awards Academy. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
  6. ^ Souw, Rebecca; Frater, Patrick (8 October 2021). "'Wife of a Spy' Wins Top Prize at Asian Film Awards". Variety. Retrieved 9 October 2021.

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