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Hou Hsiao-hsien


“The main thing is for the actors to forget the camera. They have to act as if they are working in a documentary.”



Director Hou Hsiao Hsien, in a 1988 New York Film Festival World Critics Poll, was voted one of three directors who would most likely shape cinema in the coming decades. He has since become one of the most respected, influential directors working in cinema today. In spite of his international renown, his films have focused exclusively on his native Taiwan, offering finely textured human dramas that deal with the subtleties of family relationships against the backdrop of the island’s turbulent, often bloody history. All of his movies deal in some manner with questions of personal and national identity, particularly, “What does it mean to be Taiwanese?” In a country that has been colonized first by the Japanese and then by Chiang Kai-Shek’s repressive Nationalist Government, this question is pregnant with political connotations.

Hou was born to a member of the Hakka ethnic minority in southern Guangdong province in mainland China, but his parents emigrated to Kaohsiung, Taiwan… read more


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Seeing HHH in a glossy studio-lit photo is so strange. He is a wobbly street spirit.

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Which one should I watch first: The Puppetmaster, Three Times or Flowers of Shanghai?

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Métro Lumière: Hou Hsiao-Hsien à la rencontre de Yasujirô Ozu (the "Café Lumiere" documentary)


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