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Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien captures life's big, small moments
Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien captures life's big, small moments

At one point in the quietly wrenching "The Boys from Fengkuei," a coming-of-age drama by the great Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, the title characters are duped by a street hawker. They're country kids trying their luck in the big city, and the huckster sells them tickets to what he promises will be a risqué "European double feature." The hidden theater he sends them to, on an upper floor of a gutted high-rise, doesn't exist, and there is no "big screen in color" — other than the view of sprawling Kaohsiung that awaits them, framed in perfect movie proportions by the building's geometric shell. The comic-dramatic moment, with...

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