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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. —Yuwei Lin
Gorgeous heart touching road movie
Island etude is one of the most beautifully shot and charming film I have seen.there are so many heartwarming,nice scenes in the film and after A while mings journey becomes your own journey.you start enjoying being a part of his life n enjoy meeting the people he is meeting.his interaction with those people is so natural that it makes your heart melt.mings expression n acting is excellent.director huAn en Chan did a great job in making a perfect road film.since I am not from this part of the world I loved seeing how beautiful Taiwan is and am most eager to visit it.wish this film was selected in top five best films for Oscar,it is that close to perfect imo.hats off,this is what cinema is,not your routine stuff but still spellbinding.
- Aug 24, 2015
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