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289 Ratings

The Boys from Fengkuei

Feng gui lai de ren

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Taiwan, 1983


A trio of bored teenagers move from the small island of Fengkuei to the port of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, revealing along the way with sympathy and quiet humor a whole social stratum dispossessed of the Taiwanese economic dream, wandering aimlessly without a clear sense of purpose.

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The Boys from Fengkuei Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

Critics reviews

The real turning point in Hou’s career was The Boys from Fengkuei… Here’s a director turning away from old industry practices, mediating his own path to maturity through fiction (he gives himself a cameo as a mahjong-playing roughneck) and finding his feet as an independent-minded chronicler of Taiwan’s particular history.
June 03, 2016
In his breakout film, Hou Hsiao-hsien finds the perfect distance for depicting memories in the deceptively tranquil long-shot, close enough to vividly caress these moments yet far enough to feel them evaporating into eternity… The finale’s combination of teeming crowds and disembodied cries is possibly a nod to King Vidor, and definitely a reminder of how Hou’s films barely have to raise their voices to be devastating.
July 01, 2013
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