Heartbreak Island (1995)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama, Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 122 min.  |   Countries - Taiwan  |  
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This Taiwanese romantic drama has political overtones. It is the story of a radical political activist who was incarcerated 10 years ago for throwing bombs. In prison, Lin-lang sustains herself by keeping her political passions burning and by remaining devoted to her former lover, Wang Rong, who has since married and owns a successful coffee shop. Upon her release, Lin-lang goes to look for Wang, and finally finds him at his favorite baseball practice field. He is not happy to see her and shows no interest in politics or in renewing their relationship, which is suddenly presented via flashback. Wang began as a student activist in Taiwan's civil rights movement. In 1979, a bloody battle between government authorities and the activists took place in the southern town of Kaohsiung. There Wang was arrested and was supposed to be executed. Even then Lin-lang was obsessed with him, and to avenge his death, began tossing bombs. More of the story is revealed as Lin-lang continues trying to recapture those times by looking up old friends and compatriots only to discover that the radicals have settled down to comfortably middle-class lives. In the end, the obsessive woman resorts to kidnapping Wang's baby to get his attention.



activism, bomb, ex-lover, kidnapping, political-unrest