Both agreed that Chou himself would be the film's protagonist.Chou says that at the start, he was, as he says, "naive" and keen to explore the new digital realm.

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That phrase, with all its philosophical and sociological underpinnings, is explored by Taiwanese director Chou Tung Yen in his film. But after a check with friends, he realised his mistake. " is the blunt but accepted way in which an interested party finds out if his needs - for a long-term relationship or something much shorter - are compatible with the needs of the person he is messaging. (R21, 60 minutes) is the opening film of the 9th Love & Pride Film Festival.

Some years ago, as a newcomer to online dating, Chou thought when a stranger asked that question, he was expressing a genuine interest in knowing all of Chou's needs. It screens tonight at 7pm at GV Grand in Great World City.

"Wherever I used the app, in Denmark or Hong Kong, I got the same question," says the 36-year-old on the telephone with The Straits Times from Taipei. The film's editor, Huang Chia Wen, will answer questions from the audience after the screening.

"After four years of using the app, I became so lazy and reluctant to even open it," he says.

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