MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 41,906 this week

Island Etude (2006)
"Lian xi qu" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  27 April 2007 (Taiwan)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 417 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 4 critic

Travelling is always the best way to encounter true stories. Ming-Hsang, a deaf, decided to cycle around Taiwan before graduating from the college. This film, lasting for 100 minutes, ... See full summary »

Director:

(as En Chen)

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 63 titles
created 01 Jul 2012
 
a list of 136 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 48 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 34 titles
created 3 days ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Island Etude" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Island Etude (2006)

Island Etude (2006) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Island Etude.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age.

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
Stars: Lin Cui, Xun Zhou, Bin Li
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Shanghai, the 1880s, four elegant brothels (flower houses): each has an auntie (the madam), a courtesan in her prime, older servants, and maturing girls in training. The men gather around ... See full summary »

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Stars: Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Michiko Hada, Michelle Reis
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Intended as the concluding film in the trilogy on the modern history of Taiwan began with Beiqing Chengshi (1989), this film reveals the story through three levels: a film within a film as ... See full summary »

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Stars: Annie Shizuka Inoh, Giong Lim, Jack Kao
Yellow Earth (1984)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

'Yellow Earth' focuses on the story of a communist soldier who is sent to the countryside to collect folk songs for the Communist Revolution. There he stays with a peasant family and learns... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Xueqi Wang, Bai Xue, Quiang Liu
The River (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In Taiwan, Xiao-kang, a young man in his early 20s, lives with his parents in near silence. He is plagued by severe neck pain. His father is bedeviled by water first leaking into his ... See full summary »

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Tien Miao, Kang-sheng Lee, Yi-Ching Lu
Cyclomania (2001)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Simo Halinen
Stars: Lauri Nurkse, Tommi Mujunen, Elena Leeve
Mr. Klein (1976)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Paris, 1942. Robert Klein cannot find any fault with the state of affairs in German-occupied France. He has a well-furnished flat, a mistress, and business is booming. Jews facing ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau, Francine Bergé
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A drama centered on the experiences of a blind piano prodigy.

Director: Jung-chi Chang
Stars: Harry Chang, Simon Hsueh, Lian-yu Huang
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A down and out man and his daughter live in an illegal hovel. The two live a happy peaceful life until the authorities intervene when the child reaches school age.

Director: Leon Dai
Stars: Yo Hsuan Chao, Akira Chen, Hokka Lin
Cape No. 7 (2008)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A unusual group of people in a village on the coast of Taiwan form a band to perform at a beach concert, while the lead singer searches for the intended recipient of 7 lost love letters.

Director: Te-Sheng Wei
Stars: Van, Chie Tanaka, Min-Hsiung
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Born in a small village, Yordan has to live and work in the nearby town. Only on the weekends can he return to his native village. He travels by a bike and observes the nature and the ... See full summary »

Director: Lyudmil Kirkov
Stars: Diana Chelebieva, Georgi Georgiev-Getz, Lili Eneva
Allez, Eddy! (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The eleven year old cycling talent Freddy is the son of a butcher in an idyllic village in no man's land. His isolated life is turned upside down completely in 1975 when the first ... See full summary »

Director: Gert Embrechts
Stars: Jelte Blommaert, Peter Van den Begin, Barbara Sarafian
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Ming-hsiang Tung ...
Ming
Danny Deng ...
The Director (as An-ning Teng)
Saya ...
The Maiden Sayon - in dream sequence (as Hwei-chun Chang)
...
(as Teng-te Huang)
Darren ...
A-Chun (as Chun-jui Chiang)
Hsiu-hui Chen ...
A-Chun's Mother
Ruta Palionyte ...
Ruta - The Lithuanian
Chao-hsin Lin
Hsiao-shun Hsu ...
Husband
Jui-li Hung ...
Wife
Lai-Yin Yang ...
Teacher Liu
Nien-Jen Wu ...
Tour Bus Driver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bamboo Chen
Ming-Wei Kao
Yung-Feng Lee
Edit

Storyline

Travelling is always the best way to encounter true stories. Ming-Hsang, a deaf, decided to cycle around Taiwan before graduating from the college. This film, lasting for 100 minutes, documents his trip which lasted 7 days and 6 nights. He camped at the beach of Tai-Ma-Li on the first evening, playing guitar. Although he has hearing problems, he is still very much interested in sounds. The next morning, he followed Tai-11 highway. He met a group of people filming MV at the east coastline. They also film him. The third day, he was on the Su-Hua highway, a highway notoriously difficult to conquer for cyclists. He met a Lithuanian girl at Han-Ben railway station. She missed the train to Hua-Lien. He helped her to get on her train by communication with her by pens and papers. Written by Yuwei Lin

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

taiwan | guitar | deaf | beach | traveling | See All (9) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

27 April 2007 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Estudando a Ilha  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was the official representative of Taiwan to the 80th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Taiwan's national Film Board has originally selected Lust, Caution (2007) to represent the island, but when that film was disqualified on a technicality, Taiwan was given a matter of hours to select a new film - and they went with "Island Etude". See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Find out what you wanna do and do it.
30 November 2009 | by (China Wuhan) – See all my reviews

There are movies that when you see you will tend to think about evaluating them giving them scores sticking critiques to them or any other stuff like those, but movies like Island Etude, on the other hand, is of another type. When you watch Island Etude, probably from the first few minutes on, the only thing on your mind is simply keeping enjoying it.

Especially ever since the guitar starts sounding...

Haven't seen a scene like this in a movie for a long time: a young man riding his bike along the seaside, so enjoyingly with smile on face, long nice hair drawing wind's direction, huge guitar bag on back, and of course as mentioned just now, the background guitaring... Actually at this moment the guitar music is called "riding side by side", as you can hear the playing of two guitars simultaneously. At this point would you want to say anything about how movies and scenes like this should be shot and how this movie and scene could be improved? I bet you don't, cuz I guess you are like me, immersed in pure joy.

Don't wanna talk about the movie technically, technically good is just not what it's meant to be, instead, it's what it can leave you with.

Our hero of Island Etude is not the talkative type, actually he doesn't talk much at all, but there is one simple line from him that is really touching, simple as it might sound, "some things if you don't do now, you won't never do." Once in a while we doubt about the meaning of our lives, doubt if we can do what people around us can do if we can have a life as good as theirs, we just tend to wanna copy others' dreams and lives, what about ourselves'? The meaning of your life is if you have the guts to do stuff you wanna do. You may not be able to do it quickly cuz we all have to do things we need to do before things we want to do, but sooner or later you gotta do it if you don't want your life to be your regret.

Forget things everybody says you should do to fulfill your life, do things you feel you need to do to fulfill your life. It's a short life we got buddy, gotta make it worthwhile.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
commentary kasipears
Discuss Island Etude (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?