A sprawling drama detailing the turbulent youth of 14-year-old Xiao Si’r (Chang Chen), this defining film of New Taiwanese Cinema surveys falling in love amidst the toxic world of violent gangs.
A deeply felt, tender story of growing up, which also acts as a historically-conscious snapshot of a troubled Taiwan, this universally acclaimed drama is an astonishing feat of world cinema.
Thomas says: “9 years before Edward Yang gained International acclaim with Yi Yi he made a film so unprecedentedly large that it contains over 100 speaking roles, yet remains entirely intimate in its approach. A deeply personal film that will stick with you for the rest of your life. A true masterwork that has ruined all other films for me.”