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247 Ratings

Good Men, Good Women

Hao nan hao nu

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Taiwan, Japan, 1995
Drama, History, Romance


An actress preparing to play in a historical epic is terrorized by someone faxing her pages from her stolen diary; has colorful flashbacks of her affair with a now-deceased man; and imagines black-and-white film-within-a-film scenes of the movie she is about to appear in.

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Good Men, Good Women Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

Critics reviews

Just as Hou makes no plea for verisimilitude in his flashbacks, his patented single-take shooting style, though perfectly calibrated for the human movement within the frame, has consistently proven one of cinema’s most adept methods of capturing genuine and verifiable life as it’s seemingly lived.
August 14, 2008
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The complex, haunting structure suggests three interwoven tenses in the manner of Alain Resnais — present, past, and a curious blend of future conditional and speculative past — yet the film is the trilogy’s most direct as well as the shortest (108 minutes), and the visual mastery is stunning.
July 26, 1996
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