When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep （南方小羊牧場）
Genre Romance / Comedy
Format Color / Scope / DCP
Runtime 85 min
Release Date Nov. 9, 2012 (Taiwan)
Writer & Director Hou Chi-Jan
Casts KO Kai, CHIEN Man-Shu, KOU Shu-Yau
2013 Taipei Film Festival – Best Technical Achievements
2013 Fantasia International Film Festival- Best Director
Clenching the note left by his ex-girlfriend in his hand, heart-broken Tung arrives in Nanyang Street. As the note says, “I’m off to the cram school”, Tung comes to Nanyang Street, a byword for cram schools in Taipei. In the street bustling with businesses, Tung begins to work in a photocopy shop as fate dictates. Every day, Tung photocopies tons of exam papers while expecting to run into Ying, his ex-girlfriend, at some point.
One day, the exam papers from Bisheng School catch Tung’s attention – a sheep in a monologue appears on the back of the paper every day. The sheep turns out to be a creation of Yang, a teaching assistant in the cram school. Yang (a pun on sheep) is an eccentric girl with whimsical ideas. She dreams of becoming an illustrator, but the harsh reality traps her in the school. The back of the exam papers becomes her canvas where she keeps her dream alive. Yang hopes that the students would respond to her “South Sheep Farm”, but so far her sheep has been completely ignored. Actually, these seemingly cute innocuous illustrations are a tool that Yang uses to countdown to a fresh new start after she was dumped by her ex-boyfriend.
One afternoon Tung draws a Big Bad Wolf next to the Sheep and writes a humorous comment on the paper. It begins as a private joke, but the exam papers are copied and sent back to the school by accident. No one could expect that the Big Bad Wolf would trigger such enthusiastic response from the students! More and more animals join in the conversations between the Big Bad Wolf and the Sheep and bring the “South Sheep Farm” to life!
A debate over love is launched on paper. It smokes the all the unique characters out of their dens in Nanyang Street. There are the crazy but kind-hearted street chief, the shrew and yet caring salesgirl, the mysterious priest with a soft heart and the pensive fried rice street vendor. The encounter with these people gradually changes Tung’s view on love. Moreover, the love that Tung is blinded to begins to surge to the surface. Still confused about love, can Tung say his final goodbye to his first love and move on to the next relationship?