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1,432 Ratings

Three Times

Zui hao de shi guang

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Taiwan, France, 2005
Drama, Romance, Cult


In three separate segments, set respectively in 1966, 1911, and 2005, three love stories unfold between three sets of characters, under three different periods of Taiwanese history and governance.

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Three Times Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

Critics reviews

Seen in isolation, the first episode has the most satisfying plot and the last the least. But the film’s achievement lies mostly in the beautifully articulated similarities and differences among the three—in their compositions and themes, in the way space is defined and camera pans connect characters, in their use of music and other means of personal expression . . . , and in the performances of the two stars.
June 23, 2006
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What links these stories, beyond the comparison of different styles of love – innocent and asexual, thwarted and repressed, modern and alienated? The film rigorously explores what happens to the supposedly universal love relationship (this eternal quality cued by the subtly magical re-apparition of the same bodies of the performers across time) under particular material, social conditions.
January 01, 2006
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