A woman moves into a new apartment, but strangely discovers she’s the only resident in the building. She makes friends with the sales agent and security guard, and realizes there is actually someone else living in the building.

Director’s Vision for ‘A New Apartment’

In 2020, the pandemic hit, and during that time, Taiwan emerged as one of the safest countries with no lockdowns or work-from-home measures. Many citizens who lived abroad returned to Taiwan. The economy was thriving, and the stock market was rising. However, something else was brewing beneath the surface: the soaring housing market prices. Investors eagerly sought properties, and news of this trend spread rapidly. Within a few months, the housing market started booming and entering a property’s reception area felt as if the entire population of Taiwan was caught up in a buying frenzy.

I still vividly remember the view from the car window when I left the country five years ago, heading to the airport. I couldn’t help but wonder about the abundance of empty apartment buildings I witnessed. After five years, I continue to ponder the same question: Who lives in all these apartments? With new constructions happening in my area, this experience of observing and being involved in the competitive selling process inspired me to create this film, infused with my dark sense of humor, as someone with expertise in viewing properties during that time.

Although social drama is my preferred genre, this is my first attempt at a horror/thriller film. I envisioned it as a piece that captivates viewers’ attention and sparks conversations. As I delved into the writing process, I came to realize that this film encompasses more than just horror. It unfolds as a poignant narrative, highlighting the loss of close bonds with neighbors, particularly within those striking new apartments, juxtaposed with the good old days of living in a vibrant community filled with people and joyous moments beyond mere fancy decorations. As for now, young people are afraid they cannot afford to buy a house, even a tiny apartment.

We may be uncertain on how Taiwan’s housing market will evolve over the next few years. But, I’m certainly pleased that this film captures what once was, particularly the peculiar phenomenon during the challenging times of the pandemic.