Dust in the Wind
With an introduction by Phillip Lopate
Dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien. 1986, 110 mins. 35mm. With Hsin Shu-fen, Wang Ching-wen, Li Tien-lu, Chen Shu-fang. Wan and Huen, teen lovers, are separated when the young man,Wan, leaves their mining village to seek work in Taipei. Huen follows him, but the big city exercises a toxic influence on them and their fellow provincial migrants, who are doing odd jobs just to scrape by. The couple’s bond will be sorely tested when he Wan is called up for compulsory military service. One of Hou’s most penetrating looks at the rural/urban dichotomy which is key to his delineation of the Taiwanese experience. Preceded by La Belle Epoque (2011, 6 mins.) Hou’s contribution to the 2011 anthology film 10 + 10.
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