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A Drifting Life


The underlying premise of this subtle character study of a rural Taiwanese family seems to hinge on the lead character's grim notion that fate may be a blind alley and that life may have no higher purpose. Ku-cheng is fully grown and married with a daughter, but still lives on his poor family's farm where they make a meager but consistent living. Ku-cheng is not unhappy until his beloved wife Ah-hsui dies bearing his son Ah-sheng leaving Ku-cheng bitter and uncaring about the future. In this fatalistic...more