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Cheerful Wind (風兒踢踏踩, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1982)

A leading figure of the New Taiwan Cinema movement, Hou Hsiao-Hsien has sometimes been regarded as difficult or inaccessible but there has always been a kind of playfulness in his wistful romanticism and it is not perhaps as surprising as it might first seem to realise that like many directors of his generation he began his career with a series of idol movies starring top Hong Kong star Kenny Bee. 818 more words


REVIEW: The Assassin (2015)

Yinniang (Shu Qi) was taken from her home at the age of ten and trained to become a master assassin. Now an adult, she fails to undertake her latest mission when she sees her target cradling his infant son. 676 more words


Pandemic Review Series: Day 24

Zombie Apocalypse Movie Journal:
Day 24
The Assassin
Hou Hsiao-hsien

Along with Dogman and Les Miserable, The Assassin ends up being one of the most disappointed films I have seen in a long time. 188 more words


The Best Films of the 2010s

The decade from 2010 to 2019 represents another tremendous ten years of cinema with some of the medium’s masters creating their finest works yet. Legends Hou Hsiao-hsien and Martin Scorsese turned in late-career masterpieces, artists like Bong Joon-ho, Lucrecia Martel, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul who made names for themselves last decade continued to prove their worth with career-defining films, relative newcomers like cinematographer Kirsten Johnson and actor Mati Diop made beautifully crafted debut features, political filmmaker Jafar Panahi courageously defied a government-sanctioned ban on filmmaking not once but four times, and two greats Chantal Akerman and Abbas Kiarostami made their final films this decade before their tragic deaths. 3,930 more words

Abbas Kiarostami

#332: A City of Sadness

#332 – A City of Sadness, (悲情城市), 1989, Hou Hsiao-hsien

Soon after Japan relinquishes control of Taiwan in 1945, the Lin brothers face hardships from the changing culture. 50 more words


#908: A Time to Live, a Time to Die

#908 – A Time to Live, a Time to Die, (童年往事), 1985, Hou Hsiao-hsien

The semi-autobiographical film on director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s childhood and adolescence, when he was growing up in Taiwan, living through the deaths of his father, mother and grandmother.


#917: Flowers of Shanghai

#917 – Flowers of Shanghai, (海上花), 1998, Hou Hsiao-hsien

Women struggle in a Shanghai brothel where everything only appears to be beautiful.