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Tom Lin (Director) | Chang Chieh (Actor) | Wang Bo Chieh (Actor) | Modi Chiu (Actor)
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Winds of September is the first chapter in an Eric Tsang-produced trilogy of youth films set in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China. Written and directed by Tom Lin (Parachute Kids), whose original script also serves as the basis for the Hong Kong and China chapters of the trilogy, Winds of September follows nine Taiwan teenagers whose lives and friendship evolve greatly in the course of one fateful year. Set from 1996 to 1997, the same year a baseball corruption scandal shook Taiwan, the coming-of-age film delicately treads the turbulent path of youth, from rowdy hijinks to angst and disillusionment to bittersweet realization. Wrapping the loss of innocence in the beautiful photography and wistful atmosphere that come like second skin for Taiwan youth films, Winds of September features an up-and-coming cast that includes Modi from the hit program Bang Bang Tang, Rhydian Vaughan, Wang Bo Chieh (Ms. Cupid), Teresa Chi (Sweet Relationship), and Chang Chieh, who was previously nominated for Golden Horse Best New Performer for The Missing. The film's benefactor Eric Tsang and former baseball player Liao Min Hsiung also make supporting appearances.

Popular player Yen (Rhydian Vaughan) leads a group of seven troublemaking high school boys who raise havoc in the classroom, smoke on the school rooftop, and heckle at baseball games in their provincial hometown of Hsinchu. When Yen cheats on his girlfriend Yun (Jennifer Chu), the more introverted Tang (Chang Chieh), who holds a torch for Yun, takes the blame and the beating for his buddy. The incident sets off a painful fallout in friendship as misunderstandings build and extend across the group. The harder they struggle to hold on to friendship, the more they lose themselves and each other.

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Product Title: Winds of September (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 九降風 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 九降风 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 九月に降る風 (九降風) (香港版) Winds of September (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Chang Chieh (Actor) | Wang Bo Chieh (Actor) | Modi Chiu (Actor) | Rhydian Vaughan (Actor) | Teresa Daley | Lu Yi Ching 張捷 (Actor) | 王柏傑 (Actor) | 毛弟 (超克7) (Actor) | 鳳小岳 (Actor) | 紀培慧 | 陸弈靜 张捷 (Actor) | 王柏杰 (Actor) | 毛弟 (超克7) (Actor) | 凤小岳 (Actor) | 纪培慧 | 陆弈静 チャン・チエ (Actor) | 王柏傑 (ワン・ポーチェ) (Actor) | チウ・イーチェン (Actor) | 鳳小岳 (リディアン・ヴォーン) (Actor) | テレサ・チー | Lu Yi Ching Chang Chieh (Actor) | Wang Bo Chieh (Actor) | Modi Chiu (Actor) | Rhydian Vaughan (Actor) | Teresa Daley | Lu Yi Ching
Director: Tom Lin 林 書宇 林 书宇 林書宇 (トム・リン) Tom Lin
Producer: Eric Tsang 曾志偉 曾志伟 曾志偉 (エリック・ツァン) Eric Tsang
Release Date: 2009-08-19
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 108 (mins)
Publisher: Mei Ah (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1013758594

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Director: Tom Lin

The Winds of September are the wind of Hsinchu, a strong windd that visits the county and city between September and November. Lin Shu-Yu's semi-autobiographical debut takes us back to 1996, during the time of the tragic Taiwan baseball scandal, an event that devastated many teenage boys. The story follows Yen and Tang and their gang through the last year of their favorite baseball team, they do everything together. When an accident throws Yen into a coma, their world starts falling apart. A cruel reality has announced itself; can the boys grow up quickly enough to face it?
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Professional Review of "Winds of September (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

December 22, 2008

This professional review refers to Winds of September (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Produced by Eric Tsang and Hong Kong-based Big Pictures Limited, Winds of September - The Taiwan Chapter is the first of three films from three different Asian countries, each telling the same basic story of youth and friendship, and how good intentions can't stop the inevitable, sometimes tragic end of innocence. Director Tom Lin Shu-Yu (Parachute Kids) is the originator of this concept, as all three films are based off his original script, which follows one year in the school lives of seven boys as they come to grips with change and conflict within their ranks. The Taiwan Chapter takes place specifically in 1997 in suburban Hsinchu, a medium-sized city south of Taipei, at the peak of the Chinese Professional Baseball League's popularity. At the time, the fledgling professional sports league was beset by a game-fixing scandal, mirroring the disillusionment and loss of hope felt by the young boys muddling through their quietly desperate lives.

Tang (Chang Chieh) is one of seven friends of varying high school years. Collectively, the group is known as a bunch of troublemakers, though some of the gang are worse than others. The charismatic assumed leader is Yen (Rhydian Vaughan), a handsome playboy whose prim girlfriend Yun (Jennifer Chu) has to put up with incessant stories of his infidelity. The problem reaches a tipping point when Yen sleeps with another girl and her angry boyfriend comes calling. Tang is mistaken for Yen and assaulted in his place, and the incident ultimately drives a minor wedge in the group. The situation is exacerbated by the other boys' individual conflicts and issues, and Yen and Tang nearly have a falling out. The two do seem to patch things up, but the cracks in the group's camaraderie begin to worsen. Some boys are pressured to drop the group, while others continue to misbehave, ignoring the damage it may have on their future. Ultimately, the boys' aimlessness results in a tragedy that further drives them apart, revealing the anger, cowardice, fear, jealousy, and helplessness that lives within them.

Winds of September is a second feature for director Tom Lin, whose facility with the Taiwan Cinema house style (picturesque settings, sharp cinematography, slow pacing, generous visual storytelling) gives his film an air of quality most other features would envy. The film's superficial trappings are exceptionally impressive, such that one may feel that the obvious surface quality also exists underneath. Lin does make his characters distinct, giving them personality and charisma, but the situations don't necessarily extend beyond what's obvious. Lin sketches his situations and characters sharply, but despite the drama inherent in his subject matter, Lin never seems to draw the film away from tried-and-true formula. This is a youth film about misbehaving youth, so they're going to have fun, fight, get into trouble, and eventually get in over their heads. Ultimately, what happens to them is expected and even perfunctory because, well, that's what always happens in these films.

Not that there's anything wrong with conventional movies, especially ones that feel as quality as this one. Winds of September doesn't do much to make it necessarily stand out, but it possesses a variety of promising, attractive new faces, plus it assembles its elements exceptionally well. Sometimes style (even non-flashy, contemplative style) can make the generic more substantial, and Tom Lin assembles a fine package, getting effective performances from his cast, and making their generic conflicts come to matter. Furthermore, Lin's portrait of Taiwan is undeniably pretty to look at it, and is beautifully captured by art director Lee Tien-Chue and cinematographer Fisher Yu. Hsinchu is more suburban than Taipei, and possesses an idyllic rural charm that perfectly fits the film's coming-of-age themes. Also, the use of the historically-accurate baseball scandal is intriguing, echoing the boys' maturation and changing emotions well. Winds of September is not fully-realized, and lacks the depth or complexity to take it to another level of achievement. But for a second feature, it's a fine effort, and one worthy of support.

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