The second program of Voices of Youth has two films: the short experimental film Run by painter Han Hsiang-ning (°1939) and Mou Tun-fei’s second feature film The End of the Track, his last one in Taiwan. After his introduction of the first program, Dr Victor Fan from King’s College London continues to contextualize Mou Tun-fei in Taiwan film history and also talks about Han Hsiang-ning, who made Run in 1966, a year before he migrated to the USA and continued his artistic career there.
The End of the Track – Mou Tun-fei (1970, 91’)
Tong and Yong-sheng hail from different social classes, but are inseparable. After Yong-sheng accidentally dies before Tong’s eyes, Tong is overwhelmed by guilt. Tormented by the loss, he tries to make amends with his friend’s family. At the time, this film was banned and it has only become available for screenings recently, shortly after the director’s death in 2019.
Run – Han Hsiang-ning (1966, 5’)
On a morning in 1966, artist Xi De-jin runs around the roundabout of Renai Road, in Taipei, while an 8mm camera tags along. The runner, wearing a striped outfit, keeps striding forward to some unknown finish line, his eyes looking around from time to time; suddenly, a crowd of motorcycles appears and engulfs him.
Asian Movie Pulse, ‘Film Review: The End of the Track (1970) by Mou Tun-fei’, 16-4-2021 [EN]
Asian Movie Pulse, ‘Documentary Short Review: A Morning in Taipei (1964) by Pai Ching-jui’, 18-4-2021 [EN]
Windows on Worlds, ‘The End of the Track (跑道終點, Mou Tun-Fei, 1970)’, 22-4-2021 [EN]