Sylvia Chang directed the Taiwanese film 20 30 40 in 2004. It was a Golden Bear nominee at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival and Taiwan's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 77th Academy Awards, however it was not accepted as a nominee.
20 30 40 presents the story of three women in different periods of their lives, ages 20, 30, and 40.
Xiao Jie, a twenty-year-old Malaysian girl, has arrived in Taipei for the first time to pursue her ambition of becoming a pop star. Xie Jie befriends Yi Tong, a Hong Kong girl who is also pursuing a music career. They find themselves in the muck when they are confronted with setbacks and discover the reality of life...
Xiang Xiang is a flight attendant who is 30 years old. Xiang Xiang admits she is torn between two men in a talk with a colleague. One is an experienced doctor who is already married, while the other is a young recorder who is still inexperienced. Her ex-boyfriend in New York, though, is still fresh in her mind. Xiang Xiang is perplexed, unsure of who her genuine love is.
Lily is a 40-year-old woman who recently divorced her husband and is resuming her single life. Faced with life as a middle-aged single lady, Lily tries out new lifestyles and enjoys herself. Lily learns how to get along with her own company and what a middle-aged woman actually needs before love and success in her new life after decades away.
Sylvia Chang as Lily Rene Liu as Xiang Xiang Angelica Lee as Xiao Jie Kate Yeung as Tong Yi Tony Leung Ka-fai as Shi-Jie 'Jerry' Zhang Anthony Wong Chau-sang as Shi Ge Richie Ren as Wang, the tennis instructor Bolin Chen as Rock musician Joanne Tseng as Lily's daughter