The Tag-Along ( 紅衣小女孩 )
Genre Horror / Thriller
Format Color / Scope / DCP
Runtime 93 min
Release Date Nov. 27, 2015 (Taiwan)
Director Wei-Hao CHENG
Cast River HUANG, Wei-Ning HSU, Yumi WONG
Festivals & Awards
53rd Golden Horse Awards –Best Leading Actress, Best New Director, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects Nomination
2016 Taipei Film Awards – Best Actor Award & Best Actress Award
8th Grimmfest– Official Selection
20th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival – Best of Asia
15th New York Asian Film Festival – Taiwan Cinema Now!
18th Udine Far East Film Festival – Competition
32nd Imagine Film Festival – Official Selection
34th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival – Official Selection
2015 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival – Closing Film
About The Little Girl in Red
Taichung, March 1998 – After a funeral, a family was watching a trip video in which a weird-looking little girl in red was found tagging along the relative who passed away. But no one remembered seeing her anywhere during the trip. The footage was authenticated by professionals and caused disturbance among audience islandwide after it was exposed in the media. Strangely, the family member who provided the TV station with the video died in a car crash shortly.
Taichung, 1998 – One driver caught sight of the rumored little girl in red in a mountain area and decided to follow her. During the pursuit, the little girl suddenly disappeared into a heavy fog. The driver almost fell off a cliff after a sharp turn.
Hualien, 2014 – An eighty-year-old woman mysteriously went missing during a trip. Around fifty members of the police and the fire department conducted a search for five days before finding her under a giant rock. The woman surprisingly answered, “A little girl in red held a red umbrella and took me away.” The urban legend of the little girl in red returned after sixteen years.
The Little Girl in Red is a long-circulating urban legend in Taiwan. The descriptions of her forms and whereabouts echo the monster depicted in the ancient Chinese book “Classic of Mountains and Seas” that takes advantage of human beings’ greed and weakness to lure them into the deep mountains before planting them like trees in the woods. There are various implications to the true identity of the little girl in red. Though some claim that she is an avenging devil who used to suffer from persecution, no one is yet able to determine who or what she is. The origin of the little girl in red is still a myth.
Wei’s grandma suddenly disappears for no reason, but strangely the routines still move on as if she never vanished– the laundry is still done, their house is well-arranged as usual, and even breakfast remains prepared for Wei every morning. Distraught with worry, Wei is totally clueless until he finds an uncanny video in his grandma’s camera, showing that there was a little girl in red tagging along her. Oddly enough, after Wei’s grandma finally returns, it turns out that Wei is missing instead. Struggling to unravel the enigma, Wei’s girlfriend Yi-Chun gradually discovers that the mysteries behind Wei and his grandma’s sudden disappearance may be connected to the urban legend of “The Little Girl in Red”, but what’s even worse is yet to come……
The little girl in red has been one of the most talked about mysteries among the Taiwanese people for more than twenty years. In this film, characters disappear one by one for no reason. The obsessions with the city life have brought out not only our worst fear for this urban legend, but also the nightmare for the spirit and the horror of the blurry line between reality and delusion. Perhaps the little girl in red is, after all, a part of us deep within.
Director / Wei-Hao CHENG
Born in 1984, Cheng graduated from the Department of Motion Picture of the National Taiwan University of Arts. As a leading new-generation director of the dark-current genre, Cheng displayed his unique talent in school with crime dramas and thrillers rarely seen in Taiwan. The Tagalong is Cheng’s first attempt on horror films. He is also prepping for two mystery thriller and action features.
2008 You Are Not Alone
2009 Real Sniper
2013 The Death of a Security Guard
Executive Producer / Hank TSENG
A promising new-generation producer, Tseng won five awards at the Golden Bell Awards, including Best Mini TV Series, with Days We Stared at the Sun that depicts the reality of society and adolescence. He has also actively involved in feature films, including Forever Love, Revenge of the Factory Woman and Almost Famous.
Kantana Post Production
Kantana is Thailand’s largest film and television production company and is one of Asia’s leading post-production service providers. The company is renowned for its vast experience in horror films, including Peek Mak and I Miss U.
River HUANG as Wei
Huang was born in 1989 and graduated from the National Taiwan University of Arts. In 2007, he won Best Drama Actor at the 42nd Golden Bell Awards for Dangerous Minds and became the first actor signed by of Chi-Yen YEE, director of Blue Gate Crossing. In his first feature film Miss Kicki, Huang worked with Pernilla August, who won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for The Best Intentions. He has also enjoyed great success in other films, TV dramas and music videos.
2009 Miss Kicki
2011 War Game 229
2012 The Ghost Tales
2014 My Mandala
Wei-Ning HSU as Yi-Chun
Born in 1984 of a Taiwanese-Italian descent, Hsu made a move from her modeling career to the TV industry in 2004 and starred in many dramas and music videos. Hsu was nominated as Best New Performer at the 51st Golden Horse Awards in 2014 for Design 7 Love.
2015 White Lies, Black Lies
2014 Dream Flight
2014 Design 7 Love
Yumi WONG as Billy
Hailed as Malaysia’s Angela Baby, Wong is widely popular across the Southeast Asia, with 22 million likes on her Facebook fan page. In recent years, she has graced the silver screen with her looks and talent, appealing the Southeast Asian audience with Ah Beng: Mission Impossible, a Malaysian hit for the Lunar New Year holidays.
2014 Ah Beng: Mission Impossible
2014 3 Brothers