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A Time to Live and a Time to Die

Tong nien wang shi

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Taiwan, 1985
Drama, History


A depiction of childhood maturity drawing heavily upon Hou’s own youth. Many who moved from mainland China to Taiwan in the 1940’s were unable to ever return. A Time To Live and a Time To Die focuses on the widening generation gap in a family cut off from its cultural roots.

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A Time to Live and a Time to Die Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1986 | 2 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize (Forum of New Cinema)

International Film Festival Rotterdam

1987 | 2 wins including: Best Non-American/Non-European Film

Golden Horse Film Festival

1985 | 2 wins including: Best Original Screenplay


Kinema Junpo Awards

1990 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film Director

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