Taiwanese filmmaker, Hou Hsiao Hsien’s critically acclaimed movie portrays Ay-yuan and Ah-yun who grow up together in the small mining town of Jiufen which is in economic decline. After graduating from junior high school, Ah-yuan leaves for Taipei where he finds work as an apprentice in a printing house and attends school at night. Ah-yun also leaves for Taipei to work as an assistant seamstress in a tailor’s shop. Living in the big city presents difficulties for both of them. Ah-yuan is drafted into military service and on the eve of his departure, Ah-yan gives him a special present — 1096 self addressed and stamped envelopes — wishing him to write her every day during the three year military service period. The film follows this young couple through lost love and innocence.
Refreshments served before screening
Film in Chinese with English Subtitles. Q&A in English and Chinese.