Parking (2008 film)

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Directed byChung Mong-Hong
Written byChung Mong-Hong
StarringChang Chen
Gwei Lun-mei
Leon Dai
Chapman To
Jack Kao
Peggy Tseng
Lin Kai-jung
Music byAn Dong
CinematographyChung Mong-Hong
Edited byLo Shih-Jing
Running time
106 minutes

Parking (Chinese: 停車; pinyin: Tíngchē) is a 2008 Taiwanese movie.


On Mother's Day in Taipei, Chen-Mo (Chang Chen) makes a dinner date with his wife (Gwei Lun-mei), hoping to improve their estranged relationship. While he is buying a cake on his way home, a car double-parks next to his, preventing his exit. For the entire night, Chen-Mo searches for the owner of the car and encounters a succession of strange events and eccentric characters: an old couple living with their precocious granddaughter who have lost their only son; a one-armed barbershop owner cooking fish-head soup; a mainland Chinese prostitute trying to escape her pimp’s cruel clutches; and a Hong-Kong tailor embroiled in debt and captured by underground loan sharks.



  • Cannes Film Festival 2008 – Un Certain Regard
  • Montreal World Film Festival 2008
  • Bangkok International Film Festival 2008
  • Vancouver International Film Festival 2008
  • Pusan International Film Festival 2008
  • Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2008
  • Stockholm International Film Festival 2008
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2008
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2008 – Opening Film
  • !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival 2009
  • Spokane International Film Festival 2009
  • 2009 Adelaide Film Festival
  • Osaka Asian Film Festival 2009
  • Bradford International Film Festival 2009
  • Taiwan London Cinefest 2009
  • Barcelona Asian Film Festival
  • Silk Screen Film Festival 2009
  • Wisconsin Film Festival 2011


International Release[edit]

  • Taiwan: 28 November 2008
  • Hong Kong: 8 January 2009
  • Montréal, Canada: August 28, 2009
  • Toronto, Canada: September 18, 2009
  • Vancouver, Canada: October 9, 2009

Critical reception[edit]

  • “A precision-crafted, AFTER HOURS-like black comedy, PARKING reps a strong feature debut...”

Derek Elley, Variety

  • “Black humour and smooth storytelling... a neat concept film. Chung’s assured narrative skill is evident...”

Maggie Lee, The Hollywood Reporter

  • “Chung Mong-hong has made a distinctive calling card here, smartly zipping through the different genres from tearjerker to gangster. ...strong performances from a solid ensemble cast with impeccable credentials...”

Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

  • “One of the 10 best films of 2008. This gem puts a new talent in Taiwanese cinema on the map... Chan Chen gives an outstanding performance... This choral is comparable to Robert Altman’s best work. Make sure to catch this movie. You won’t regret it.”

Simon Laperrière, Twitchfilm

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