A masterly account of growing up in early 60s Taiwan, this intimate epic equally reflects the social and political circumstances of Yang’s homeland during that period. Ostensibly it’s about a 14-year-old boy involved in gang violence who at the same age finds his first love. But the film’s measured elegance also reveals the social and political upheavals of a society caught between two great powers, trying to find its own identity.
Screening as part of Taiwan Films at HOME, a season across 2022. With thanks to the Taipei Representative Office in the UK and the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C.).