Heartbreak Island

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Heartbreak Island

(Qunian Dongtian)

by Hsu Hsiao-ming

Taiwan

 

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Director: Hsu Hsiao-ming

Script: Cheng Kuo, John S.C Chiang after the novel Last Winter by Tong Nien

Cinematographer: Yang Wei-Han

Editing: Chen Bo-Wen

Sound: Tu Duu-chih

Music: Chyi Chin & the Red Band

Cast: Chang Ching-ju, King Jieh-wen, Tsai Chen-nan, Vicky Wei

Production: Scholar Films

Year: 2004

35 mm, Color, 118 min, 
OV Mandarin with French Subtitles

Taiwan in the 70s, seeing the end of an old political reign and foreseeing a time of upheavals. Lin-lang witnesses her lover’s participation in a big political rally heralding the glory of democratic movements. Her dissident lover is later persecuted and jailed. Devastated by rumours of his death, Lin-lang becomes a radical and is captured and sentenced for 13 years. Set free, she learns too late her lover is still alive and is married with a child. Her old comrades are on the other hand facing new challenges from a changed world. Ideal lost, love lost… Lin-lang has to face the most critical moment of her life, all alone.

 
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