SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Boys from Fenggui [風櫃來的人] (hosted by Dr Ming-yeh Rawnsley)

Boys from Fenggui
Dr Ming-yeh Rawnsley

Date: 14 February 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 14 February 2014Time: 10:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Film


Boys from Fenggui is an early classic of the Taiwan New Cinema, the most important film movement in Taiwan which coincided with the process of social, cultural and political democratization of the 1980s. Directed by one of the leading Taiwanese filmmakers Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Boys from Fenggui tells the story of a group of young friends who leave their small fishing village for Kaohsiung to look for work and learn to face harsh realities of the big city. In Boys from Fenggui, together with many of his earlier works, Hou has cultivated a unique auto/biographical narrative structure for self-exploration and self-disclosure where the observer, also the protagonist, sees but does not judge and thus develops empathy and sensitivity.

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Boys from Fenggui [風櫃來的人] (hosted by Dr Ming-yeh Rawnsley), SOAS, University of London

This film screening session will be conducted by Dr Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley, Research Associate, Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS. She will deliver a brief pre-screening talk of 10 minutes. After the film, she will also host a post-screening Q&A session.
Although the event is open to the public and free to all it is recommended that you contact Niki Alsford ( if you plan to attend.

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

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Sponsor: The Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentary Screening Series is supported by the Ministry of Culture’s Spotlight Taiwan Programme. Special Thanks to Dr. Samuel Yin for his generous support to the Spotlight Taiwan Programme.