films seen
21
average score
3.02*
nationality
Taiwan - 72 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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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

Millennium Mambo poster

Millennium Mambo

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Qianxi Manbo
Specifics
Taiwan [2001] - 119 mins
Genre
Romance, Drama
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4.5*/5.0*

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.

Three Times poster

Three Times

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Zui Hao De Shi Guang
Specifics
Taiwan [2005] - 139 mins
Genre
Romance, Drama
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4.5*/5.0*

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.

The good stuff

Café Lumière poster

Café Lumière

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Kohi Jiko
Specifics
Japan, Taiwan [2003] - 103 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0*/5.0*

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

Goodbye South, Goodbye poster

Goodbye South, Goodbye

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Nanguo Zaijan, Nanguo
Specifics
Taiwan, Japan [1996] - 116 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama
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4.0*/5.0*

Solid pieces

10+10 poster

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
Specifics
Taiwan [2011] - 114 mins
Genre
Drama, Anthology
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3.5*/5.0*
The Flight of the Red Balloon poster

The Flight of the Red Balloon

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge
Specifics
France, Taiwan [2007] - 115 mins
Genre
Drama, Family
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3.5*/5.0*
Flowers of Shanghai poster

Flowers of Shanghai

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Hai Shang Hua
Specifics
Taiwan, Japan [1998] - 125 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5*/5.0*
Good Men, Good Women poster

Good Men, Good Women

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Haonan Haonu
Specifics
Japan, Taiwan [1995] - 108 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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3.5*/5.0*
A Time to Live and a Time to Die poster

A Time to Live and a Time to Die

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Tong Nien Wang Shi
Specifics
Taiwan [1985] - 138 mins
Genre
Biography, Drama
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3.5*/5.0*

The inoffensive

Chacun Son Cinéma poster

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
Specifics
France [2007] - 100 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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3.0*/5.0*
The Puppetmaster poster

The Puppetmaster

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Hsimeng Jensheng
Specifics
Taiwan [1993] - 142 mins
Genre
Biography, Drama, War
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3.0*/5.0*
Dust in the Wind poster

Dust in the Wind

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Lian Lian Feng Chen
Specifics
Taiwan [1986] - 109 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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3.0*/5.0*
The Green, Green Grass of Home poster

The Green, Green Grass of Home

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Zai Na He Pan Qing Cao Qing
Specifics
Taiwan [1982] - 90 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0*/5.0*

Worthy but flawed

The Assassin poster

The Assassin

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Cìkè Niè Yinniáng
Specifics
Taiwan, China [2015] - 105 mins
Genre
Action, Drama, History
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2.5*/5.0*
A City of Sadness poster

A City of Sadness

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Beiqíng Chéngshì
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [1989] - 157 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.5*/5.0*
Daughter of the Nile poster

Daughter of the Nile

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Ni Luo He Nu Er
Specifics
Taiwan [1987] - 93 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama
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2.5*/5.0*
A Summer at Grandpa's poster

A Summer at Grandpa's

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Dong Dong de Jiàqi
Specifics
Taiwan [1984] - 93 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.5*/5.0*

Dubious filler

The Sandwich Man poster

The Sandwich Man

by Hsiao-hsien Hou, Jen Wan, Zhuang Xiang Zeng
Also known as
Er Zi De Da Wan Ou
Specifics
Taiwan [1983] - 105 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.0*/5.0*
Cute Girl poster

Cute Girl

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Jiu Shi Liu Liu De Ta
Specifics
Taiwan [1980] - 90 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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2.0*/5.0*

Plain forgettable

The Boys from Fengkuei poster

The Boys from Fengkuei

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Feng gui Lai de Ren
Specifics
Taiwan [1983] - 101 mins
Genre
Drama
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1.5*/5.0*
Cheerful Wind poster

Cheerful Wind

by Hsiao-hsien Hou
Also known as
Feng Er Ti Ta Cai
Specifics
Taiwan [1981] - 90 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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1.5*/5.0*