Special Classic Taiwan New Wave

The Boys from Fengkuei (1983)

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While this isn’tHou Hsiao-hsien’s debut, he considers it his first real feature, perhaps because his earlier works were more mainstream romantic comedies. It also marks his first of many collaborations with Chu Tien-wen, she would go on to write most of his scripts (and a lot of other screenplays of the Taiwan New Wave). With this film his style of filmmaking and thematic focus began to shift to a more personal approach, as he drew from his own experiences and memories. It was with this film that he got recognition for his cinematic style at international film festivals: long takes, a fixed camera, and framing that captures small stories of ordinary people. The observant viewer may notice that the mise-en-scène is reminiscent of Yasujiro Ozu’ style and story wise, it bears resemblances to Federico Fellini’s I Vitelloni.


Hou Hsiao-hsien
Doze Niu Cheng-Tse, Zhang Shi, Lin Hsiu-Ling, Grace Chen Shu-Fang
98 minuten


Ah-Ching and his friends have just finished school in their island fishing village, and now spend most of their time drinking and fighting. Three of them decide to go to the port city of Kaohsiung to look for work. They find an apartment through relatives, and Ah-Ching is attracted to the girlfriend of a neighbor. There they face the harsh realities of the big city.

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