Taiwan Film Festival

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Three Times

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Zuihaode Shiguang

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
導演 侯孝賢

Three Times, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s latest work, consists of three lyrical tales of love set in different eras (1911, 1966, and 2005), with actors Shu Qi and Chen Chang playing the couple in each. As the director explains, “It seems to me that by contrasting love stories from three different times, we can feel how people’s behavior is circumscribed by the times and places they live in.” A work of hypnotizing beauty, the film casts a backward gaze at Taiwan’s past and at Hou’s own career, tying together his earlier investigations of history with his recent turn towards contemporary urban life.


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