The Boys from Fengkuei
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien. 1983, 99 mins. 35mm. With Doze Niu, To Tsung-hua, Lin Hsiao-ling, Chang Shih. Three teens from the Penghu Islands, in pre-adult limbo before their compulsory military service, travel from their fishing village to Kaohsiung, the second-largest city in Taiwan, where they find part-time employment. This coming-of-age-story is a string of moving vignettes, showing the boys roughhousing, sneaking into an arthouse playing Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers, and following one of their number, Ching-tzu, as he becomes enamored of a hoodlum’s girlfriend. Hou’s breakout film is one of his most emotionally direct works, comparable to Fellini's I Vitelloni, though it also anticipates his future examinations of urban anomie.Tickets are included with paid Museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Museum members may reserve tickets in advance. View the Museum’s ticketing policy here. For more information on membership and to join online, visit our membership page.