Li Kansheng, the protagonist in Tsai's Rebels, plays a young delinquent in Boys. He blackmails a little boy from a wealthy middle-class family and forces him to pay increasing sums as 'protection money'. He is the prototype of a child neglected by his parents and has learnt to hold his own on the wrong side of the tracks. His victim's parents are too busy listening to Lieder even to notice their child's problems.Tsai portrayed the two dissimilar families, but his heart is obviously with the children: he portrays their life at school, in the amusement arcades, the snackbars and the lonely bedrooms, and does so without a whisper of falsity or special pleading. The performances Tsai gets out of his actors, most of the amateurs, are another striking feature of Boys.

International title
Xiao hai
Filmmaker
Tsai Ming-liang
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Taiwan
Year
1993
Medium
umatic PAL
Length
50’
Language
Chinese, Taiwanese
Sales
Central Motion Picture Corp.