Fragrance of the First Flower

Directed by Angel I-Han Teng2021Taiwan103 mins

Fragrance of the First Flower is a love story all too relatable for many, one that has societal expectations and internalized homophobia as its main antagonists—but Angel I-Han Tang crafts it into one with uplift and hope. This Taiwanese romance follows Yi-Ming, a young woman whose desire to live within the traditional bounds has left her in a stifling marriage with a rigid husband. She attends a same-sex wedding and is reunited with her first and only queer love, Ting Ting.

In flashbacks, we see their budding romance and Yi-Ming’s fear that broke them apart, while in the present, we see Yi-Ming challenged anew by Ting Ting’s freer approach to finding happiness and what it would mean to upheave the “normal” life she has tried to achieve. Originally formatted as six-episode limited series and now assembled in an emotionally wrought 103-minute feature, Fragrance of the First Flower is about second chances and redirecting ourselves away from the paths we believe we are required to follow.


Masks and proof of vaccination are not required for this screening.
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Original Language Title
Angel I-Han Teng
Running Time
103 mins
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Streaming, Narrative Features, Episodic, Fully-Subtitled Films
Program Note Writer
Chris Feil
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