Special Classic Taiwan New Wave
Taiwan New Wave: Lives Less Ordinary

Growing Up (1983)

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The only film in our program directed by Chen Kun-hou, who served as a cinematographer for many of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s films. Released in 1983, considered a breakthrough year for the movement and holds a special place in the movement’s history, yet remains underseen, especially in Europe. The story revolves around a boy’s coming-of-age experiences set in a small coastal town, but also delves into the struggles faced by his mother, as she had to marry an older man to support her son. What sets this film apart in narrative style is that it isn’t told from the boy’s perspective, but through the eyes of a girl who admires him. Both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time and we think it has one of the best representations of stepdads in cinema.


Chen Kun-Hou
Fanny Chang Chun-Fang, Tsui Fu-Sheng, Doze Niu Cheng-Tse
100 minuten


The story follows a young man as he changes from an intelligently aware youth, to a teenager with much less confidence than he once had, and finally, to a stable adult.

KINO is proud to present (re)introduce you to nine masterpieces from the Taiwan New Wave. These classics have remained underseen in cinemas, so it’s high time we showcase them on our grandest screen. Featuring films from the first and second wave by Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Ang Lee, Tsai Ming-liang and more. The films of this revolutionary movement in cinema history were artistically innovative, but also in their realistic portrayal of the Taiwanese people. They illustrated societal and economic shifts, much like Italian Neorealism in the 1940s. By capturing their cultural identity, these filmmakers created their own voice and their own national cinema. Trailer: Baris Azman