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Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Director, Actor

A City of SadnessA City of Sadness (Beiging Chengsi) (1989) Recommended
Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Feat. Tony Leung (Chiu-wai), Hsin Shu-fen, Chen Sown-yung
The first of the director’s trilogy of films about the modern history of Taiwan, here depicting the unstable post–WW2 period through the eyes…
Puppetmaster, ThePuppetmaster, The (1993)
Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Feat. Li Tianlu
The turbulent pre–WWII history of Taiwan is woven into this epic yet simple docu–drama of the early years of famous puppeteer Li Tianlu,…
Goodbye South GoodbyeGoodbye South Goodbye (1996) Recommended
Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Feat. Jack Kao, Lim Giong
Another exemplary, detailed effort from dir. Hsiao–Hsien, this time following a couple of small time grafters trying to put together 'the big…
Flowers of ShanghaiFlowers of Shanghai (1998) Aro Favourite
Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Feat. Tony Leung (Chiu-wai), Michiko Hada, Shuan Fang
Signature film for Taiwanese master Hou, this is a magnificent, but minimal examination of the world of courtesans in late–1800s Shanghai. A…
Millennium MamboMillennium Mambo (2001)
Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Feat. Shu Qi
The first in dir. Hou’s ‘contemporary youth’ trilogy is a light–infused strobe of aimless young adults living in the accelerated urban…
Cafe LumiereCafe Lumiere (Kôhî jikô) (2003)
Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Feat. Tadanobu Asano, Yo Hitoto
Luminous tribute to Japanese dir. Yasujiro Ozu from a Taiwanese admirer, which honours Ozu's aesthetic in a minimalist study of personal…
Three TimesThree Times (2005) Recommended
Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Feat. Chen Chang, Shu Qi
Taiwanese great Hou Hsiao–Hsien rekindles the memory of three of his finest films, linking a trio of elegant, erstwhile love stories (across…
Flight of the Red Balloon, TheFlight of the Red Balloon, The (Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge) (2007) Recommended
Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Feat. Juliette Binoche
From Taiwanese grandmaster Hou Hsiao–hsien, this rhapsodic French sojourn evokes Albert Lamorisse’s enchanting 1956 short film, chronicling a…
Chacun Son CinemaChacun Son Cinema (To Each His Own Cinema) (2007) Recommended
Dir. Theo Angelopoulos, Olivier Assayas, Bille August
35 auteurs convey the meaning of cinema in less than three minutes each, in this epic commission to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film…
Assassin, TheAssassin, The (2015) Recommended
Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Feat. Shu Qi, Chen Chang, Satoshi Tsumabuki
Acclaimed director Hou Hsiao–Hsien returns with a breathtaking martial–arts epic in which an assassin accepts a dangerous mission to kill…

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