finally got to watch this. It's great, but suffer a little in comparison with the subtleties of Dust in the wind by Hou Hsien Hsien. Still, the offscreen is alive and breathing like in the best taiwanese movie. And with Time to live, time to die it shares one of the best use of voice over I can remember.
Wu's A Time to Live and a Time to Die. Affecting and beautiful but I don't think it achieves the clairvoyance of Hou. I don't think Wu was able to understand his own development as a person though his understanding of and compassion for his father is far more complex