Xing-Jun, A-Jin and A-Wu were born and raised in Kinmen, spending their days hanging around on the island. They find themselves in a love triangle just like the trio in François Truffaut’s Jules and Jim. As to their future, A-Wu wants to stay and study the culture and history of Kinmen;...(Read more)
Xing-Jun, A-Jin and A-Wu were born and raised in Kinmen, spending their days hanging around on the island. They find themselves in a love triangle just like the trio in François Truffaut’s Jules and Jim. As to their future, A-Wu wants to stay and study the culture and history of Kinmen; A-Jin plans to leave for Taiwan proper to look for adventure; Xing-Jun hasn’t decided to stay or to leave. However, they know one day they’ll drift apart just like other youngsters of Kinmen. The equilibrium among them faces abrupt change when another suitor for Xing-Jun appears: a boy from Taiwan Island who comes to serve his mandatory military service in Kinmen. She falls in love with him, but her elder sister De-Yue is against their love, as she bears a trauma she has kept secret for years….
The island of Kinmen was first a battlefront and then a buffer zone in the Chinese Civil War and Cold War. Since the lifting of martial law, it has been gradually demilitarized and transformed into a tourist spot famous for its fortress, blockhouses, traditional architecture and temples. Thus, this film visually combines cultural-historical tour guiding and city/place marketing. Its narrative goes along two lines. One is the confusion of Kinmen’s younger generation about their future: to stay, or to set sail for other places. The other is the romances between young native women and soldier boys who come from Taiwan for their mandatory service. Interestingly, though these are stories taking place on an island scarred by war, there seems to be little military atmosphere in the film. Except for the mad maid whose soldier-lover died in an air raid decades ago, the soldiers on screen are all on their holidays, idling at diners and in billiard rooms, or ready to visit “831” or “Paradise in Camp” to spend their time with “camp flowers.” All these demilitarized episodes make this film a romance movie. Director Peter Tang is a Kinmen native and has for 20 years studied and recorded the history and culture of the island, and thus this film is semi-autobiographical and wrapped in love stories. The work of two other Kinmen natives should also be noted. Dong Cheng-Liang spent decades and many celluloid reels to make documentaries recording the history and society of a Kinmen long trapped and torn in civil war. Huang Ting-Fu’s experimental films excavate the existential state of Kinmen’s being included within and at the same time excluded from Taiwan. Huang’s 03:04 (2000) and Island (2011) represent the surreal sights and sounds of the absurdist presence of Kinmen.
|DVD source：||R.O.C. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.|
|Taiwan Academies, Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. please contact Embassies, Representative Offices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.|
|Subtitle：||English, Japanese, French, Spanish, German|
|Producer：||Benson CHANG, CHEN Tsui-Yu, Peter TANG|
|Actors：||CHEN Yi-Han, CHEN Cheng-Wei, WU Chung-Tien, YANG Kuei-Mei|
|Screenplay：||LIN Nai-Wen, Peter TANG|
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