Taiwan in the 70s, seeing the end of an old political reign and foreseeing a time of upheavals. Lin-lang witnesses her lover’s participation in a big political rally heralding the glory of democratic movements. Her dissident lover is later persecuted and jailed. Devastated by rumours of his death, Lin-lang becomes a radical and is captured and sentenced for 13 years. Set free, she learns too late her lover is still alive and is married with a child. Her old comrades are on the other hand facing new challenges from a changed world. Ideal lost, love lost… Lin-lang has to face the most critical moment of her life, all alone…
He was born in Taïwan. He had a training period in a cinema studio; he studied production, screenwriting and direction at the World College of Taipei. He was a second assistant director to Lee Hsing and worked with two of the most famous filmmakers in Taïwan: Chang Pei-cheng and Hou Hsiao-hsien. He stopped cinema for two years and made his first full length film, Dust of Angels, produced by Hou Hsia-hsien, shown at The Directors’ Fortnight. Heartbreak Island is his second feature film.
Cheng-Kuo, John S. C. Chiang daprès Last Winter de Tong Nien
Chyi Chin & the Red Band
Production : Hsu Hsiao-Ming Films, Taipei, Taïwan
Title in Original Version : L'ile du chagrin