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Dust in the Wind (1986)

Liàn liàn fengchén (original title)
A young couple leave their mining town home for Taipei where they struggle to eke out a living in an industrial wasteland.

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Hsiao-Hsien Hou
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shu-Fang Chen Shu-Fang Chen ... (as Shufang Chen)
Shu-Fen Hsin Shu-Fen Hsin ... Kang So-Huen
Chi-Ying Kao Chi-Ying Kao
Lawrence Ko ... Mrs. Lin's son (as Ko Yu-Luen)
Tien-Lu Li Tien-Lu Li ... Grandpa (as Tian-Lu Li)
Ju Lin Ju Lin
Yang Lin Yang Lin
Fang Mei
Mei-Feng Mei-Feng
Chien-wen Wang Chien-wen Wang ... Wan
Bi-yuan Yan Bi-yuan Yan
Li-Yin Yang ... Ying
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Storyline

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. Written by jck

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

International Film Circuit

Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin | Min Nan | Cantonese

Release Date:

1986 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dust in the Wind See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is inspired by screenwriter Wu Nien-Jen's childhood memories. It is the third installment of director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's "Coming-of-Age Trilogy" that features three prominent Taiwanese screenwriters' coming-of-age stories. The other two are A Summer at Grandpa's (1984) (inspired by the coming-of-age story of Chu Tien-wen) and A Time to Live and a Time to Die (1985) (inspired by the coming-of-age story of Hou Hsiao-Hsien, who is a screenwriter-turned-director). See more »

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Oh dear God, this was boring...
22 June 2019 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I love Asian movies quite a lot and for some reason "Dust in the Wind" (aka "Liàn liàn fengchén") from 1986 had managed to elude me all the way up to 2019. When I was given the chance to sit down and watch this movie, I of course jumped at the chance.

Turns out that this Taiwanese movie was a major slow paced and prolonged movie with zero appeal to me. Still, I managed to sit through almost 72 minutes of the entire 109 minutes the movie runs for. I kept watching with the hope that the movie would pick up pace and that the storyline and/or characters would eventually start to have any appeal.

It just never happened...

The storyline in "Dust in the Wind" was simplistic to the point where it lost all of its appeal. It is about young people leaving their provincial home villages behind and head to industrious Tai Pei to work. And then there was some adolescence elements thrown into the formula as well. But it just wasn't enough to make a watchable, enjoyable or entertaining movie. I must admit that I have no idea what writers T'ien-wen Chu and Nien-Jen Wu were trying to accomplish with "Dust in the Wind".

The characters in the movie were essentially as pointless as the storyline. They had no personalities and milled about like battery-operated drones with poor interactions and equally poor dialogue randomly thrown about.

If you have problems falling asleep one evening and have "Dust in the Wind" within arms reach, put it on, because you might overcome your sleep problem and be soundly asleep within a short while. This was a massive swing and a miss of a movie. And I have zero interest in returning to watch the rest of the movie, because I imagine it is going to be every bit as pointless and trivial as the 72 minutes of prolonged torture I already watched was.


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