This depiction of childhood and adolescence draws heavily from the filmmaker’s own boyhood. Read More »
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Three vignettes from three different directors that tell stories of ordinary people during Taiwan’s Cold War period. Read More »
Good Men, Good Women (1995) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Giong Lim, Jack Kao, Drama, Romance
Intended as the concluding film in the trilogy on the modern history of Taiwan began with Beiqing Chengshi (1989), this film reveals the story through three levels Read More »
Le voyage du ballon rouge / Flight of the Red Balloon (2007) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Juliette Binoche, Hippolyte Girardot, Simon Iteanu, Drama, Family
In Paris, Chinese cinema student Song Fang is hired to work as the nanny of Simon by his divorced mother Suzanne, who works voicing marionettes in a theater. Read More »
Ni luo he nu er / Daughter of the Nile (1987) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Lin Yang, Jack Kao, Shu-Fang Chen, Crime, Drama
The eldest daughter of a broken and troubled family works to keep the family together and look after her younger siblings, who are slipping into a life of crime. Read More »
Flowers of Shanghai / Hai shang hua (1998) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Michiko Hada, Michelle Reis, Drama
In Shanghai in the 1880s there are four elegant brothels (flower houses): each has an auntie (called madam), a courtesan in her prime, older servants, and maturing girls in training. Read More »
Three Times / Zui hao de shi guang (2005) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Fang Mei, Drama, Romance
There are three stories of women and men: in “A Time for Love” set in 1966, a soldier searches for a young woman he met one afternoon playing pool Read More »
Dong dong de jiàqi / A Summer at Grandpa’s (1984) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Chi-Kuang Wang, Shu-Chen Li, Hsiu-Ling Lin, Drama
When a young brother and sister spend a pivotal summer away from home, they are changed. Ting-Ting and Tung-Tung (Wang Qiguang) are children of the city Read More »
Jiu shi liu liu de ta / Lovable You (1980) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Kenny Bee, Anthony Chan, Ping-Yu Chang, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Wenqi Pan (FENG Feifei) is the daughter of a rich businessman. Her father arranges a marriage with Qian Ma (Anthony CHAN, aka CHAN Yau), son of another rich businessman. Read More »
Xi meng ren sheng / The Puppetmaster (1993) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Tian-Lu Li, Giong Lim, Kuei-Chung Cheng, Biography, Drama, War
This Hou Hsiao Hsien masterpiece is a portrait of the childhood and adolescence of octogenarian Taiwanese puppet master and actor Li T’ien-lu, who narrates the film both off-screen and on-screen.
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Lian lian feng chen / Dust in the wind (1986) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Shu-Fang Chen, Shu-fen Hsin, Lawrence Ko, Drama, Romance
A-yuan and A-yun are both from the small mining town of Jio-fen. In the city, A-yuan is an apprentice by day and goes to night school, and A-yun works as a helper at a tailors. Everyone thinks they are meant for each other, so do they. They fail to see time and fate are beyond their control.
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The story revolves around Yoko Inoue, a pregnant woman in search for a cafe that’s frequented by a Taiwanese composer whose life she is researching.
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Goodbye, South, Goodbye / Nan guo zai jian, nan guo (1996) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Hsiang Hsi, Kuei-Ying Hsu, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Crime, Drama
Produced by the Japanese Shochiku Company, this Taiwanese drama follows the lives of two generations of Taipei residents. Kao is a gangster, while divorcee/single mother/bar hostess Ying is his girl friend. Kao’s closest friend is rock singer Flathead and his slightly ditzy girl friend Pretzel. The troubles begin when Kao and his long-time cohort Hsi and the others set up a temporary gambling den in the highlands. As the day progresses, Pretzel gets so deeply into debt that she attempts suicide. Later Kao and His get some bad news about a shady business venture in Shanghai. To make some quick money, His and Kao devise a new scam to get the government to condemn so land so the two can quickly buy up all the pigs upon it and then sell them to their fellow gangsters, to the government and to the local farmers. The plan works until Flathead decides to flex his muscles and get some of his relatives, who live in the are, to pay their debts.
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