The Garden of Evening Mists




Film Festivals:

Busan International Film Festival
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival


Golden Horse Award- Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Leading Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Film Score, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing
To Ten Chinese Films Festival- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role,
Best Achievement in Directing, Best Screenplay, Outstanding Film


Golden Horse Award- Best Makeup & Costume Design



The Second World War and its aftermath in Malaya provides the backdrop for this adaptation of the award-winning novel of the same name by Tan Twan Eng. Helmed by the Taiwanese director Tom Shu-Yu Lin (Winds of September, Zinnia Flower) The Garden of Evening Mists features a high-profile international cast including Sinje Lee (Re-cycle, Murmur of the Hearts), Hiroshi Abe (Still Walking, Godzilla 2000: Millennium), actress, singer and director Sylvia Chang (Eat Drink Man Woman, The Red Violin), John Hannah (Sliding Doors, The Mummy Trilogy) and Julian Sands (The Killing Fields, A Room with a View). Premiered at the 24th Busan Film Festival to a sold-out audience, the film went on to receive 9 nominations at the 56th Golden Horse Awards and is set to continue its winning streak as it gains international critical acclaim.


Embittered by the atrocities of the Second World War in Malaya, Teoh Yun Ling (Lee) seeks solace in the rolling hills of the Cameron Highlands. There, she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in the country, and its mysterious owner Nakamura Aritomo (Abe). Determined to build a Japanese garden in Kuala Lumpur in memory of her sister who perished in a labour camp, she seeks the help of Aritomo. Reluctant to help, he eventually agrees to accept Teoh as an apprentice.  Not long after, tender feelings begin to emerge between the two.



Sinje Lee, Hiroshi Abe, Sylvia Chang, John Hannah

Director: Tom Shu-Yu Lin 
Duration (min) : 120 min (tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English mixed with Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese and Bahasa Melayu
Subtitles: Chinese & English/English






Malaysia and Korea