Queer East Festival 2024
17 — 28 April
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The End of the Track
Taiwan, 1970

Feature, Focus Taiwan,
Directed by
Tun-Fei Mou
Running time
90 min mins

Filmed during the martial law period and banned by the Kuomintang regime due to its homosexual undercurrents and likely for its political overtones, The End of the Track is a landmark in Taiwanese cinema. Friends Tong and Yongsheng are inseparable. They are best friends who spend their time wandering the countryside, training for athletics, and hanging out at the dumpling stall operated by Yongsheng’s parents. Tun-Fei Mou’s film makes a quietly radical statement about repressed desire, examining the psychological impact of trauma on a young boy. Formally innovative and emotionally charged, this heartbreaking classic is one of the earliest examples of queer cinema in Taiwan.

Introduction by Professor Chris Berry, King’s College London.

Director Bio

Tun-Fei Mou was born in 1941. He relocated to Taiwan in 1949 and graduated from Taiwan Art College. After graduation he made two films, I Didn’t Dare to Tell You and The End of the Track, which were among the first independent films made in Taiwan. After his travels to Europe and South America in 1973, he began working in Hong Kong for Shaw Brothers Pictures in 1977 and made a number of bloody exploitation films.

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