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Dust in the Wind


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At the end of the 1960s, high-school sweethearts Wan and Huen leave their little mining town in search of greater opportunities in Taipei, where the vicissitudes of life take their toll on the relationship. The first of Hou’s collaborations with screenwriter Wu Nien-jen (which would also include A City of Sadness and The Puppetmaster), this is a nostalgic love story, beautifully shot by Mark Lee Ping-Bin (In the Mood for Love).

This film was the single biggest inspiration for me in the preparation for Riceboy Sleeps. The stunning cinematography by Ping Bin Lee, a frequent collaborator of Hou Hsiao-hsien, paints a dreamy, nostalgic rural Taiwan that is an absolute marvel to look at. This simple, yet nuanced, love story unfolds often in long, static, uninterrupted scenes with minimal cutting that allows the viewer to observe the lives of these characters as though you are there with them. As a result, when the end credits roll, I find myself missing the characters like I knew them personally.
Anthony Shim


September 29 & October 7: Introduced by Leading Lights guest programmer Anthony Shim


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Community Partner


Wang Chien-wen, Shu-fen Hsin, Tien-lu Li, Lawrence Ko, Li-yin Yang

Country of Origin





Leading Lights


In Taiwanese and Mandarin with English subtitles


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Hsu Hsin Chih,


T’ien-wen Chu, Nien-Jen Wu


Ping Bin Lee


Liao Ching-sung

Original Music

Ming-chang Chen, Ching Chun Hsu

Art Director

Lau Chi-Wah


Hou Hsiao-hsien headshot

Hou Hsiao-hsien

Born in 1947, in China, Hou Hsiao-hsien grew up in Taiwan. Alongside Edward Yang, Hou would become the most important figure in the New Taiwan Cinema that emerged in the 1980s. His rigorously controlled but deeply evocative films typically favour long, static takes and, taken together, reframe Taiwanese history through the minutiae of everyday relationships. Hou’s last film to date, The Assassin (2015) won the Best Director prize at Cannes and was the Audience Award winner at VIFF that year.

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