With the Taiwanese film industry in the doldrums, the usually conservative Central Motion Picture Corporation took a chance on this omnibus project and ended up with  four short films whose everyday realism helped inaugurate the New Taiwan Cinema. Spanning different ages of life and history (from the 1960s to the then-present), the project includes Yang’s “Expectations,” a plangent study of a teenage girl’s sexual awakening as she pines for the older university student boarding with her family. Yang’s acute attention to the smallest nuances of atmosphere and emotion are evident here, right at the start of his filmmaking career.