A-yuan and A-yun are both from the small mining town of Jio-fen. In the city, A-yuan is an apprentice by day and goes to night school, and A-yun works as a helper at a tailors. Everyone thinks they are meant for each other, so do they. They fail to see time and fate are beyond their control.
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Love. As ephemeral as the light. Dust in the wind, etc. What a scorcher. This thing is a muted sorcery. A cast spell. I needed to watch a man emerge from the narcotizing thrush of love into the hard light like a newborn screaming from the womb. And I needed it tuned just right. I needed to right timbre. Quite a leap forward. Hou is a God-like person. One of the real ones.
Is "Dust In the Wind" Hou Hsiao Hsiens best work? I'm sure many would not think so, but on a personal level no other film of his has had such an impact on me. A heartbreakingly subtle film, with (in my opinion) one of the most beautiful final scenes of all time.
Dust in the Wind by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, with its gradual depiction of heartbreak & its deep melancholy, strikingly evokes how one's plans & aims can be irreparably lost by fate. It's rare to find a film where one can feel the characters trying to save the present moment & impossibly attempt to hold dear what will inevitably fall through the cracks of time. A film any filmmaker would be proud to call their own.
Tunnels are entered and exited, bridges are crossed and epochs passed in existential vicissitudes heeding not to take a single present moment for granted. 'Dust in the Wind' humbles the human experience in his futile resistance against fate, leading to a poignant final snapshot of a time and place dislocated in the past but rediscovered again as an unearthed postcard in the grandiosity of the cosmos.
Hsiao-Hsien crea historias sobre relaciones familiares en base al tiempo. Está esa constante relación entre abuelo y nieto, el primero aferrado a sus tradiciones, el segundo marcado por una suerte de desapego a su realidad. El protagonista de "Dust in the wind", similar a otras películas de su director, está cegado por el conformismo, algo que al final de su historia repercutirá en su historia de amor.