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‘Dust in the Wind’ is great starting point if you’ve never seen a Hou Hsiao-hsien film

6 February 2015 4:21 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Dust in the Wind

Written by T’ien-wen Chu and Nien-Jen Wu

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

Taiwan, 1987

If you have never seen a Hou Hsiao-hsien film, Dust in the Wind (1986) is the perfect starting point.  Preceding the Taiwanese historical dramas he is best known for—City of Sadness (1989), The Puppetmaster (1993), Good Men, Good Women (1995)—Dust is the most assured work of Hou’s early career, and one of the best examples of Taiwanese New Wave Cinema.

A coming-of-age film, Dust in the Wind tells the story of Wan (Chien-wen Wang) and his girlfriend, Huen (Shufen Xin), and their move to the big city in order to make money for their families, and to save for marriage.  As expected, they have their struggles, with their ultimate test coming when Wan enters the military. If, narratively, this all sounds a little straight forward, that’s because it is—but, by »

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