7-10 OCTOBER 2023
Asian Project Market

2023 Project

Appetite for Desire Director Peter HO Country/Region Hong Kong, China / Taiwan
  • Producer Patrick Mao HUANG, KAO Chun Ting, HUNG Hsiu Lin
  • Production Company CIRCLE LUNA Ltd., Beat & Wave Film Ltd., Flash Forward Entertainment, Content Digital Film
  • Writer Peter HO
  • Shooting Format 4K  |  color  |  120min
  • Genre Drama
  • Project Status Script Development
  • Goals at APM Financing, Co-production, Pre-sales, Distribution, International Sales, Festival Contact
  • Total Budget USD 2,000,000
  • Financing in Place USD 300,000


Desire unrelentingly consumes Yong Cheng and Gao Wei, and they revel in this, until everything begins to fall apart...


Clout-chasing YouTubers, Yong Cheng and Gao Wei, offend a local street gang in Japan while filming a provocative video. Their high school classmate, Ozaki, comes to their rescue and treats them to a dish of mysterious meat. After consuming the meat, they are given heightened sensory perception and no longer require sleep nor crave food, which allows their careers to peak.
For generations, the Ozaki clan has been supplying Kappa meat to the chosen ones. The temporary enhancements you get after eating cooked Kappa meat make it highly addictive, but side effects soon kick in, making you feel hollow and sluggish. If Kappa meat is eaten raw, the side effects are much more punishing, and you mutate into a Kappa. This is how the Ozaki clan maintain a constant supply of Kappa meat.
Now addicted to Kappa meat, Gao Wei quits his job and joins Ozaki’s business, helping him search for potential Kappa candidates among the homeless. He even lays his hands on his girlfriend, and his best friend, Yong Cheng. Yong Cheng’s ex-wife, Yan Ting, threatens Ozaki, demanding that he turn Yong Cheng back into a human; not realizing it is a trap and Ozaki plans to turn Yan Ting and their daughter into Kappa through feasting on Yong Cheng’s flesh.
After saving his wife and daughter, Yong Cheng drifts away into the ocean, holding on to happy memories of his family, before losing consciousness. His bald Kappa head disappears beneath the surface of the sea.

Director's Statement

In Asia, it is believed that whatever your body lacks can be made up for with the food you eat. This is why, over the centuries, people have developed all sorts of unusual recipes, including shark fin, bear paw, various animal genitalia, and even human placenta.
SARS, an epidemic which originated from the consumption of rare animals, did nothing to curb our dietary desires, and one can easily imagine Kappa being yet another rare dish on our dining tables.
This film consists of humor, irony, fast-paced storytelling, unconventional cinematography, and a unique aesthetic. Through these elements, I hope to reflect the greed of humanity.
The objective is to have the audience entertained throughout the film but reflective as they leave the theater.

Producer's Statement

Appetite for Desire is inspired by the eating habit “Shi-Bu” - meaning to eat therapeutically. The irony in this film is that the intention of eating therapeutically results in eating addictively. The cruelty of human greed can be reflected simply by the food we choose.
Director Peter Ho is known for incorporating black humor and science fiction into his work, which is also one of the most popular genre combinations on the international market.
This project aims to include Korean special effects and computer graphics. Through collaboration between Taiwan, Japan, and Korea, and through government subsidies and soliciting funds, we hope to present a film brimming with Asian culture and sensibilities to a worldwide audience.

Director's Profile


Peter Ho is an actor, producer, and screenwriter with more than 20 years of experience in show business. Hailing from Ontario College of Art and Design, he has strong affinity for the graphic and visual arts, having received a Golden Frame Award at the National Geographic Photography Awards 2016, and is regarded as an all-round artist. He worked hard over the last 10 years to advance from acting to directing, and has demonstrated a good eye for material and new talent. As a director, he aims to draw out the best performances from his actors, and to nurture newcomers. For his television series, Age of Rebellion (2018), three newcomers and two established actors received nominations at the Golden Bell Awards 2018. He will continue to focus on producing and directing, and being a positive influence in the film and television industry.

Producer's Profile

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Patrick Mao Huang founded the production/distribution/sales company Flash Forward Entertainment in Taipei in 2002. His films span narrative features, documentaries, animations, immersive projects, shorts, and drama series. He specializes in co-productions between east and west. His latest film, Tiger Stripes (Amanda Nell Eu, 2023), premiered at Cannes Film Festival 2023 Critics’ Week and won the Grand Prix.

Kao Chun Ting established a film production company and has assisted numerous independent filmmakers in completing their productions. He excels at integrating and producing visually compelling works with a humanist and historical perspective, while also striving to pioneer new horizons in the Taiwanese film industry.

Hung Hsiu Lin is especially passionate about upgrading the skills of refining television drama content, planning and marketing. Her successful collaborations with the director include Age of Rebellion (Peter Ho, 2018), Who′s by Your Side (Peter Ho, 2021), and On Marriage: Save the Date (Peter Ho, 2022). Age of Rebellion (Peter Ho, 2018) received eight nominations at the Golden Bell Awards 2018.