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Hsiao-Hsien Hou


Date of Birth:
8 April 1947Meixian, Guangdong, China

Short Biography:
Of the ten films that Hsiao-Hsien Hou directed between 1980 and 1989, seven received best film or best director awards from prestigious international films festivals in Venice, Berlin, Hawaii, and the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes. In a 1988 worldwide critics' poll, Hou was championed as "one of the three directors most crucial to the future of cinema."

Hou's birthplace, a county in Kuangtung Province, had been well-known as an intellectual center in China. In 1948, his family moved to Taiwan and, like all children raised there, he went through an extremely demanding educational system. In 1969, he studied film at the National Taiwan Arts Academy. After graduation in 1972, he worked briefly as a salesman. Later he began his film career as a scriptwriter and assistant director.

Hou's films are often concerned with his experiences of growing up in rural Taiwan in the 1950s and 1960s. The 1950s marked a time in which refugee families from the mainland were struggling painfully for survival, while the 1960s saw the beginning of the most significant social change in modern Taiwan. The economic boom of that period meant the beginning of Western-style industrialization and urbanization. The normal frustrations of growing up were aggravated by these complicated changes, and Hou's films are intimate expressions of those experiences.

His emotionally charged work is replete with highly nostalgic images and beautiful compositions; their power lies in his total identification with the past and the fate of families who suffered through difficult times. His stories, often written in collaboration with scriptwriters T'ien-wen Chu and Nien-Jen Wu, depict the complex intertwining of the different strands that shape the lives of individuals. In a poetic yet relaxed style, they reflect a deep sympathy and a profound humanism.

Cìkè Niè Yinniáng (2015)

# 13167 IMDb

Cìkè Niè Yinniáng (2015)

(The Assassin)

By Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Action, Drama, History (1h 45min)

Taiwan Taiwan, China China, Hong Kong Hong Kong, France France

Rated 6.3 after 13,461 votes on 29-Sep-18.

30 wins & 63 nominations

In 8th century China, 10-year-old general's daughter Nie Yinniang is handed over to a nun who initiates her into the martial arts, transforming her into an exceptional assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors. One day, having failed in a task, she is sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was betrothed - a cousin who (...)

Da hong deng long gao gao gua (1991)

# 01313 IMDb

Da hong deng long gao gao gua (1991)

(Raise the Red Lantern)

TaglineChina, 1920. One master, four wives.

By Yimou Zhang

Drama (2h 05min)

China China, Hong Kong Hong Kong, Taiwan Taiwan

Fine! Rated 8.2 after 24,278 votes on 27-Oct-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 14 wins & 2 nominations

China in the 1920's. After her father's death, nineteen year old Songlian is forced to marry Chen Zuoqian, the lord of a powerful family. Fifty year old Chen has already three wives, each of them living in separate houses within the great castle. The competition between the wives is tough, as their master's attention carries power, status and privilege. Each night Chen must decide with which wife (...)

Liàn liàn fengchén (1986)

# 14707 IMDb

Liàn liàn fengchén (1986)

(Dust in the Wind)

By Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Drama, Romance (1h 49min)

Taiwan Taiwan

Fine! Rated 7.8 after 1,751 votes on 11-Dec-18.

3 wins & 1 nomination

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.

Tong nien wang shi (1985)

# 12222 IMDb

Tong nien wang shi (1985)

(A Time to Live, a Time to Die)

By Hsiao-Hsien Hou (as Hsiao-Hsien Hou), Jia-hua Lao, Li-Yin Yang, Hsiao-Ming Hsu (co-director)

Biography, Drama (2h 18min)

Taiwan Taiwan

Fine! Rated 7.8 after 1,866 votes on 06-Oct-18.

8 wins & 3 nominations

This depiction of childhood and adolescence draws heavily from the filmmaker's own boyhood. Like many of their compatriots, Hou's family moved from the mainland to Taiwan in 1948 and was unable ever to return. The film focuses on the widening generation gap in a family cut off from its cultural heritage.

Feng gui lai de ren (1983)

# 14588 IMDb

Feng gui lai de ren (1983)

(The Boys from Fengkuei)

By Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Drama (1h 41min)

Taiwan Taiwan

Rated 7.5 after 937 votes on 07-Oct-18.

1 win & 4 nominations

Ah-Ching and his friends have just finished school in their island fishing village, and now spend most of their time drinking and fighting. Three of them decide to go to the port city of Kaohsiung to look for work. They find an apartment through relatives, and Ah-Ching is attracted to the girlfriend of a neighbor. There they face the harsh realities of the big city.

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