films seen
21
average score
3.02*
nationality
Taiwan - 75 years old
status
Alive and kicking
more info

Key figure in the rise of the Taiwanese New Wave. Hou's films are subtle and homely, finding beauty in the mundane and capturing it with finesse. If you're looking to crack Taiwanese cinema, Hou's oeuvre is the place to start.

Rare treats

Three Times

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Zui Hao De Shi Guang
2005 / 139m - Taiwan
Drama, Romance
Three Times poster

Three Times is a slow burner. Even though the film is split in three different parts, there isn't much in the way of storyline or dramatic events.

Millennium Mambo

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Qianxi Manbo
2001 / 119m - Taiwan
Drama, Romance
Millennium Mambo poster

The result is a mesmerizing look into the life of a young girl looking for her true identity. Definitely one of the better Hou films out there.

The good stuff

Café Lumière

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Kohi Jiko
2003 / 103m - Japan
Drama
Café Lumière poster

Café Lumière held up pretty well, which isn't even that surprising knowing its appeal lies in the mundane.

Goodbye South, Goodbye

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Nanguo Zaijan, Nanguo
1996 / 116m - Taiwan
Drama, Crime
4.0*/5.0*
Goodbye South, Goodbye poster

Solid pieces

10+10

by Sylvia Chang, Tso-chi Chang, Arvin Chen, Kuo-fu Chen, Yu-Hsun Chen, Wen-tang Cheng, Yu-chieh Cheng, Yen-Ping Chu, Mong-Hong Chung, Leon Dai, Wi Ding Ho, Chi-Jan Hou, Hsiao-hsien Hou, Ya-Chuan Hsiao, Ko-shang Shen, Shaudi Wang, Toon Wang, Te-Sheng Wei, Nien-Jen Wu, Ya-che Yang
2011 / 114m - Taiwan
Drama
3.5*/5.0*
10+10 poster

The Flight of the Red Balloon

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge
2007 / 115m - France
Drama
3.5*/5.0*
The Flight of the Red Balloon poster

Flowers of Shanghai

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Hai Shang Hua
1998 / 125m - Taiwan
Drama
3.5*/5.0*
Flowers of Shanghai poster

Good Men, Good Women

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Haonan Haonu
1995 / 108m - Taiwan
Drama, Romance
3.5*/5.0*
Good Men, Good Women poster

A Time to Live and a Time to Die

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Tong Nien Wang Shi
1985 / 138m - Taiwan
Drama
3.5*/5.0*
A Time to Live and a Time to Die poster

The inoffensive

Chacun Son Cinéma

by Theodoros Angelopoulos, Olivier Assayas, Bille August, Jane Campion, Youssef Chahine, Kaige Chen, Michael Cimino, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Manoel de Oliveira, Raymond Depardon, Atom Egoyan, Amos Gitai, Hsiao-hsien Hou, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Aki Kaurismäki, Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kitano, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Claude Lelouch, Ken Loach, David Lynch, Nanni Moretti, Roman Polanski, Raoul Ruiz, Walter Salles, Elia Suleiman, Ming-liang Tsai, Gus Van Sant, Lars von Trier, Wim Wenders, Kar-Wai Wong, Yimou Zhang
2007 / 100m - France
Comedy, Drama
3.0*/5.0*
Chacun Son Cinéma poster

The Puppetmaster

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Hsimeng Jensheng
1993 / 142m - Taiwan
Drama, War
3.0*/5.0*
The Puppetmaster poster

Dust in the Wind

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Lian Lian Feng Chen
1986 / 109m - Taiwan
Drama, Romance
3.0*/5.0*
Dust in the Wind poster

The Green, Green Grass of Home

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Zai Na He Pan Qing Cao Qing
1982 / 90m - Taiwan
Drama
3.0*/5.0*
The Green, Green Grass of Home poster

Worthy but flawed

The Assassin

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Cìkè Niè Yinniáng
2015 / 105m - Taiwan
Drama, Action
2.5*/5.0*
The Assassin poster

A City of Sadness

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Beiqíng Chéngshì
1989 / 157m - Taiwan
Drama
2.5*/5.0*
A City of Sadness poster

Daughter of the Nile

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Ni Luo He Nu Er
1987 / 93m - Taiwan
Drama, Crime
2.5*/5.0*
Daughter of the Nile poster

A Summer at Grandpa's

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Dong Dong de Jiàqi
1984 / 93m - Taiwan
Drama
2.5*/5.0*
A Summer at Grandpa's poster

Dubious filler

The Sandwich Man

by Hsiao-hsien Hou, Jen Wan, Zhuang Xiang Zeng
Er Zi De Da Wan Ou
1983 / 105m - Taiwan
Drama
2.0*/5.0*
The Sandwich Man poster

Cute Girl

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Jiu Shi Liu Liu De Ta
1980 / 90m - Taiwan
Comedy, Drama, Romance
2.0*/5.0*
Cute Girl poster

Plain forgettable

The Boys from Fengkuei

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Feng gui Lai de Ren
1983 / 101m - Taiwan
Drama
1.5*/5.0*
The Boys from Fengkuei poster

Cheerful Wind

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Feng Er Ti Ta Cai
1981 / 90m - Taiwan
Drama, Romance
1.5*/5.0*
Cheerful Wind poster