Winds of September (Jiu jiang feng) (2008)





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Love and loyalty tears apart a circle of high school friends in this coming of age drama from Taiwan set in the late 1990's. Cheng Hsi-yen (Rhydian Vaughan) is a Big Man on Campus and the star hitter on his school's baseball team, and he's the unofficial but unquestioned leader of his circle of friends. Hsi-yen is dating a pretty girl named Hsiao Yun (Jennifer Chu) who adores him, and has befriended Hsiao Tang (Chang Cheh), a quiet, studious boy who looks up to the slugger. But Hsi-yen's status at the school takes a tumble when he begins seeing another girl on the side; her boyfriend somehow mistakes Tang for Hsi-yen and gives him a serious beating, while Hsi-yen fails to come to his aid. Hsi-yen's failure to stand by his friend and his dalliance with another girl infuriates Yun, and she writes him a letter telling him that they're though. Yun gives the letter to Tang and asks him to deliver it to his former friend; however, Tang is secretly in love with her, and rather than deliver the note he tries to find a way to win her over. A motorcycle crash sends Hsi-yen to the hospital, and the disillusioned students become increasingly bitter when a scandal sweeps through Taiwan's professional baseball leagues. Jiu jiang feng (aka Winds of September) was the first feature film from writer and director Tom Lin. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Rhydian Vaughan
as Cheng Hsi-Yen
Cheh Chang
as Hsiao Tang
Jennifer Chu
as Hsiao Yun
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Before < You Are the Apple of My Eye >, there was already one concrete, quality bitter-sweet coming-of-age film made in Taiwan.


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Eddy Lin
Eddy Lin

Watched @ Cinema Betty, Isezakicho, Yokohama. A very well-made Taiwanese drama of the youth. Almost all scenes are delicately crafted, and unique atmosphere and mentality of adolescence are successfully caught on film. Characters (and teenage actors) are all fresh and express the nervousness, weakness, and beauty of high school kids very well. It is quite hard to believe that this is the director Tom Lin's first feature. He already has rich cinematic languages and techniques of direction, although some parts are little bit lengthy. He handles many main characters (mainly, 9) very well. The way he mixes realism and fantasy is just right. Ending is unfocused, and thus, weak, mostly because there are too many characters to follow, but it's still good and thoughtful enough to leave a fresh aftertaste in you. This is the newest Taiwanese youth drama which has come down since Hsiao-Hsien Hou's "The Boys from Fengkuei" (1983).

Naoya Kugimiya
Naoya Kugimiya

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