Zero Chou

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Zero Chou
Born (1969-07-24) July 24, 1969 (age 49)
AwardsTeddy Award for Best Feature Film
2007 Spider Lilies
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese周美玲

Zero Chou (Chinese: 周美玲; pinyin: Zhōu Měilíng; born 24 July 1969) is a Taiwanese director and screenwriter.

Life and career[edit]

Chou was born in Keelung, Taiwan in 1969. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy from National Chengchi University in 1992. She worked as a journalist before becoming an indie film director.

She entered into film making because of her attraction to the combination of content and form. She has been heralded as the most talented documentary director in the recent years of Taiwan.[1] She has also received various festival awards around the world for films.

Chou and Hoho Liu (Chinese: 劉芸后) are an openly lesbian couple.[2] Chou "is one of the few openly lesbian filmmakers in the world, and the only one in Taiwan," according to AfterEllen.[3] She is currently filming a six-film series called the Six Asian Cities Rainbow Project (亞洲六城彩虹計劃). She is trying to finish as quickly as possible and worries she will go missing while filming, since many of the locations have rules against films presenting LGBT content.[4]



  • Looking For The Forgotten Artists (Chinese: 走找布袋戲的老藝師) 1997, 45 mins
  • Artist And His Daughter (Chinese: 藝術家和他的女兒) 1997, 23 mins
  • Memories Of The Taiwanese Master (Chinese: 師影) 1997, 47 mins
  • Yi Shi Zai Hai Xia Zhong ("Lost in the Strait") (Chinese: 遺失在海峽中:烏坵) 1998, 48 mins
  • Being Ceased (Chinese: 斷曲:走尋布袋戲後場的老樂師) 1998, 60 mins
  • Mother And Son (Chinese: 媽媽遺失與撿到的孩子) 1998, 65 mins
  • Democracy Show (Chinese: 民主的頭人:政治秀) 1998, 53 mins
  • Wanderers' Bay (Chinese: 飄泊的港灣:百年基隆港) 1998, 60 mins
  • Floating Islands (Chinese: 流離島影) 2000, 288 mins
  • Before The Radiation (Chinese: 輻射將至) 2000, 22 mins
  • Headhunting Festival (Chinese: 人頭祭的故事) 2000, 54 mins
  • Zou Zu Zhan Ji (Chinese: 鄒族戰祭) 2000, 56 mins
  • Corners (Chinese: 私角落) 2001, 66 mins
  • Poles Extremity (Chinese: 極端寶島) 2002, 56 mins
  • The Kinmenese Tracks (Chinese: 火車在海邊游) 2003, 64 mins
  • Father In The Blacklist (Chinese: 黑名單爸爸) 2004, 56 mins


  • A Film About The Body (Chinese: 身體影片) 1996, 62 mins
  • Splendid Float (Chinese: 艷光四射歌舞團) 2004, 71 mins
  • The Road On The Air (Chinese: 單車上路) 2006, 82 mins
  • Spider Lilies (Chinese: 刺青) 2007, 97 mins (Teddy Award, 2007)
  • Drifting Flowers (Chinese: 漂浪青春) 2008, 97 mins
  • Wave Breaker 2009, 86 mins
  • Ripples of Desire (Chinese: 花漾) 2012, 110 mins
  • The Substitute (Chinese: 替身) 2017
  • We are Gamily (Chinese: 偽婚男女) 2017




  • Winner of the 2002 Taipei Film Festival for Best Documentary

Poles Extremity

Splendid Float

  • Winner of the 2004 Golden Horse Award for Best Make Up and Costume Design
  • Winner of the 2004 Golden Horse Award for Best Original Film Song
  • Winner of the 2004 Golden Horse Award for Best Taiwanese Film Of The Year
  • Winner of the 1st CJ Asia Independent Film Festival for Audience Award

Spider Lilies

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chiu, Kuei-fen; Zhang, Yingjin (2014-11-21). New Chinese-Language Documentaries: Ethics, Subject and Place. Routledge. ISBN 9781317936947.
  2. ^ Eisner, Ken (18 November 2003), "Si Jiaoluo (Docu -- Taiwan)", Variety, retrieved 9 October 2007
  3. ^ "Interview With Zero Chou - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. 2008-05-04. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  4. ^ Lens, The News (2017-08-06). "Interview: Director Zero Chou on making LGBT films in the Greater China region". Cinema Escapist. Retrieved 2017-09-07.