WriterChu Tien-wen, Wu Nien-jen Release date1986 Initial releaseOctober 15, 1987 (Hong Kong) Film seriesHous coming-of-age Film Series Music directorBobby Chen, Ching Chun Hsu CastShufang Chen, Yang Lin, Fang Mei, Mei-Feng, Chien-wen Wang (Wan), Shufen Xin (Huen) Similar moviesDirected by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan movies, Dramas
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Dust in the Wind is a 1986 film by Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien. It is based on co-screenwriter Wu Nien-jen's own experiences, and is the final part of Hou's coming-of-age trilogy, with the others being A Summer at Grandpa's (1984) and The Time to Live and the Time to Die (1985).
Dust in the Wind was commercially unsuccessful, but is critically acclaimed.
A love story about a young couple from a village in the northern-east part of Taiwan. The boy, Ah-yuan goes to Taipei to work after graduating from junior high school so he can earn money to send home. The girl, Ah-yun follows him the next year and they work hard to earn enough money to marry. Then Ah-yuan must spend three years in the military and the girl marries someone else. Although Ah-yuan regrets what happened he does not blame Ah-yun.
Wang Chien-wen as Ah-yuan
Xin Shufen as Ah-yun
Li Tian-lu as Ah-yuan's grandfather
Lawrence Ko as Mrs. Lin's son
The film features Li Tian-lu in the role of the grandfather. Li became a central part of Hou's major films.
Of four reviews for Dust in the Wind counted by Rotten Tomatoes, all were favorable.