Hou Hsiao-hsien

Hou Hsiao-hsien

Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1947-04-08 (74 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Mei County, Guangdong

72 Movies · 1 TV show

Also Known As: Hau Hau-Yin · Hou Syao-Syan · Hou Li · Hook Li · 侯孝賢 · 허우 샤오시엔 · 侯孝贤

Biography

Hou Hsiao-hsien (Chinese: 侯孝賢; born 8 April 1947) is a Taiwanese film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. He is a leading figure in world cinema and in Taiwan's New Wave cinema movement. He won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1989 for his film A City of Sadness (1989), and the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 for The Assassin (2015). Other highly regarded works of his include The Puppetmaster (1993) and Flowers of Shanghai (1998).Hou was voted "Director of the Decade" for the 1990s in a poll of American and international critics by The Village Voice and Film Comment. In a 1998 New York Film Festival worldwide critics' poll, Hou was named "one of the three directors most crucial to the future of cinema." A City of Sadness ranked 117th in the British Film Institute's 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll of the greatest films ever made.

Personal Life

Hou's wife is Tsao Pao-feng, who was one of the producers on Hou's film Flight of the Red Balloon (2007). Together they have one daughter named Yun-hua. Hou's father was Hou Fen-ming, who was portrayed in Hou's film A Time to Live, A Time to Die (1985) (played by Tien Feng).

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
Keep Rolling

Keep Rolling

2021
One of Hong Kong's most influential filmmakers, Ann Hui, becomes a "star" for the first time. A progenitor of the New Wave, Hui's tumultuous, forty-year career is an unequivocal testimony to her unyie...

2020.

1 Movie
Unfulfilled Dreams

Unfulfilled Dreams

2020
Chu Tien-Wen, frequent screenwriter for Hou Hsiao-Hsien, makes her directorial debut with this entry in The Inspired Island documentary series. With Hou as producer, cinematographer Yao Hung-I and edi...

2018.

2 Movies
Father to Son

Father to Son

2018
On his 60th birthday, Van is told that he is seriously ill. But instead of going to Taipei for treatment, his illness leads him to Japan. Together with his son, he goes in search of the father who aba...
Baby

Baby

2018
When a woman who was abandoned at birth because of a genetic disorder sees a child facing the same fate, she finds herself trying to persuade their parents to reconsider and goes to extreme lengths to...

2017.

1 Movie
Missing Johnny

Missing Johnny

2017
She gets wrong phone calls for someone named Johnny. Lee, the son of a landlady, reads newspapers every day. The handyman, who works odd jobs around the apartment, feels frustrated when his car breaks...

2016.

2 Movies
Dragon Girls !

Dragon Girls !

2016
The film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is the beginning of Yves Montmayeur's study of the new female warrior in Asian pop culture. He traveled from Beijing to Tokyo and Taiwan to meet with some of ...
The Moment: Fifty Years of Golden Horse

The Moment: Fifty Years of Golden Horse

2016
In 2013, the Golden Horse Film Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary. The ministry of Culture commissioned director Yang Li-chou to make a documentary about the history of Golden Horse. What is uni...

2015.

1 Movie
The Assassin

The Assassin

1.5
2015
During the Tang Dynasty, a female assassin begins to question her loyalties when she falls in love with one of her targets.

2014.

2 Movies
Flowers of Taipei: Taiwan New Cinema

Flowers of Taipei: Taiwan New Cinema

2014
In 1982, a group of filmmakers from Taiwan set out to establish a cultural identity through cinema and to share it with the world. The documentary looks at the movement's history.
Paradise in Service

Paradise in Service

2014
Kinmen is often seen as the most dangerous military base because it is close to China. An unlucky lottery draw forced a young man from Southern Taiwan to serve in the military. The toughest physical t...

2013.

3 Movies
Young Style

Young Style

2013
A story of a high school boy as he processes the loss of his first love and learns to experience high school over again. For 3 years of high school, JU Ran has silently had a love for a young girl in ...
Past Present

Past Present

2013
A contemplative trip down memory lane with one of the leading voices of the Second New Wave of Taiwanese Cinema. Saw Tiong Guan clearly established a very personal bond with his subject, and also foun...
Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above

Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above

2013
Documenting Taiwan from an aerial perspective shows a glimpse of Taiwan's natural beauty as well as the effect of human activities on our environment.

2012.

1 Movie
A Special Day

A Special Day

2012
A film was shown at the cannes film festival.

2011.

3 Movies
Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy

Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy

2011
One of the best-known Chinese figurative painters, Liu Xiaodong goes back to his hometown of Jincheng, in the province of Liaoning (North-East China), to re-paint again friends and relatives after sev...
Return Ticket

Return Ticket

2011
All the way, Cao Li has been alone. From Fuyang to Shenzhen. From Shenzhen to the other side of the world. Leaving hometown is her choice, the choice out of no choice. Returning home is her dream, the...
10 Plus 10

10 Plus 10

2011
The Golden Horse Film Festival supports Taiwanese film-makers. 20 directors are invited to make a 5-minute short film on the theme of Uniqueness of Taiwan, but allowed total freedom in all other aspec...

2010.

3 Movies
I Wish I Knew

I Wish I Knew

2010
The architecture and stories of the people of the mid-1800s and the present day are covered.
Taipei Exchanges

Taipei Exchanges

2010
Doris simply wanted to open a refined, stylish coffee shop in a bohemian Taipei neighborhood, but when she's stuck with a load of useless gifts from the opening celebration, her younger sister Josie t...
One Day

One Day

2010
A woman is transported into a world that is both strange and beautiful. Nikki Hsin-Ying Hsieh, who comes from a family of poor shopkeepers, earns her living as a cleaning woman on a ferry that service...

2009.

1 Movie
Let the Wind Carry Me

Let the Wind Carry Me

2009
Mark Lee Ping-bin, one of the most talented and prolific cinematographers in Asia, is the subject of a movie that details his nomadic lifestyle and the toll that his profession takes on his family lif...

2008.

1 Movie
My Father Was a Red Balloon: Albert Lamorisse's life story

My Father Was a Red Balloon: Albert Lamorisse's life story

2008
Pascal Lamorisse is the son of filmmaker Albert Lamorisse. He is also the little hero of some of his father's films (White Mane, The Red Balloon and Stowaway in the Sky). Over the years, Albert Lamor...

2007.

3 Movies
Flight of the Red Balloon

Flight of the Red Balloon

2007
The film 'Flight of the Red Balloon' tells the story of a French family as seen through the eyes of a Chinese student. The film was shot in Paris. This is Hou Hsiao-Hsien's first Western film. Albert ...
To Each His Own Cinema

To Each His Own Cinema

2007
The 33 shorts in the film were directed by different directors.
Hou Hsiao-Hsien Master Class

Hou Hsiao-Hsien Master Class

2007
Chinese film school students and professors from the Greater China Region gathered together at Hong Kong Baptist University to discuss film issues in the region.

2005.

2 Movies
Three Times

Three Times

6
2005
There are three stories of women and men: in "A Time for Love" set in 1966, a soldier searches for a young woman he met one afternoon playing pool; "A Time for Freedom," set in a bordello in 1911, rev...
Reflections

Reflections

2005
A couple is torn by conflicting emotions. Jin is a singer in a rock band who suffers from severe mood swings and has been suffering from a fractured relationship with her mother while Mi is the more l...

2004.

1 Movie
Café Lumière

Café Lumière

1
2004
Making her way through life by forming superficial relationships, Yoko keeps everyone at arm's length, whether it's her father and stepmother or Hajime, the owner of a small bookstore who could be the...

2002.

1 Movie
Our Time, Our Story

Our Time, Our Story

2002
Our Time, Our Story tells the story of the Taiwanese "new wave," from its rise in the early 1980s, as the island was democratizing after decades under martial law, through growing international recogn...

2001.

2 Movies
Millennium Mambo

Millennium Mambo

6
2001
Taipei. A voice off-camera looks back ten years to 2000, when Vicky was in an on-again off-again relationship with Hao-Hao...
Mirror Image

Mirror Image

2001
Three months have passed since a car accident. The lifeline on his right hand was scratched off. He was told by a nurse that his life has become unpredictable since then. Three months later, his fathe...

1999.

2 Movies
Jam Session (The Official Bootleg of Kikujiro)

Jam Session (The Official Bootleg of Kikujiro)

1999
The events surrounding the making of 'Kikujiro no natsu' are documented.
HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-Hsien

HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-Hsien

1999
Hou Hsiao-Hsien made a film for the French television series "Cinéma, de notre temps".

1998.

2 Movies
Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema

Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema

1998
This highly personal film essay demonstrates that Chinese cinema has dealt with questions of gender and sexuality more frankly and provocatively than any other national cinema. Yang ± Yin examines mal...
Flowers of Shanghai

Flowers of Shanghai

1998
Everything appears to be beautiful in a brothel where women struggle.

1996.

1 Movie
Goodbye South, Goodbye

Goodbye South, Goodbye

6
1996
Two men are about to open a gambling den.

1995.

3 Movies
Heartbreak Island

Heartbreak Island

1995
Lin-Lang was released from prison after serving ten years for terrorist activity. She turned to bomb making after her mentor and lover, An Rong, who was also her university professor, was arrested for...
Good Men, Good Women

Good Men, Good Women

2.5
1995
A film within a film as well as the past and present are linked by a young woman in this film, which is intended as the concluding film in the trilogy on the modern history of Taiwan. A man who does n...
A Borrowed Life

A Borrowed Life

1995
Having grown up under Japanese rule before WWII, Sega's children can't relate to their father's love for Japanese culture.

1993.

4 Movies
Talking with Ozu

Talking with Ozu

1993
A tribute to the legendary Japanese film director featuring the reflections of filmmakers.
The Puppetmaster

The Puppetmaster

6
1993
In the first half of this century, young Li Tienlu joined a travelling puppet theatre and went on to become one of Taiwan's leading puppeteers.
Treasure Island

Treasure Island

1993
A group of young Taipei residents are drawn into the city's underworld through the growing obsession of one, the boyish Ah-feng, for the sexy mistress of a Cantonese gang boss.
When Cinema Reflects the Times: Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang

When Cinema Reflects the Times: Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang

1993
From the 1980s to the 1990s, New Taiwanese Cinema gained international attention for adopting a completely different approach to that of the commercial films which had preceded it. This piece contrast...

1992.

1 Movie
Dust of Angels

Dust of Angels

1992
A-kuo and A-tou are teen-aged boys living in an industrial town in Taiwan. When they are not in school, they generally hang out with their buddy Hsiao Kao, a very stylish and charismatic younger gangs...

1991.

2 Movies
King of Chess

King of Chess

1991
The politics of the Chinese Cultural Revolution as well as Taiwan's capitalist boom of the 70's are skewered in two independent stories involving chess wizards.
Raise the Red Lantern

Raise the Red Lantern

2
1991
China in the 20th century. After her father's death, Songlian was forced to marry a powerful family member. With three wives already, each living in a separate house within the great castle, there is ...

1990.

1 Movie
Sunless Days

Sunless Days

1990
Director Shu Kei travelled to Venice, Canada, London and Hong Kong, collecting accounts of the Tiananmen impact. Among his interviewees are: award-winning Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien; Hong Kon...

1989.

1 Movie
A City of Sadness

A City of Sadness

6
1989
After Japan relinquishes control of Taiwan in 1945, the Lin brothers face hardship. The bar owner falls foul of local mobsters, his brother disappears, and the bar owner is scarred by his experiences ...

1987.

1 Movie
Daughter of the Nile

Daughter of the Nile

1987
The eldest daughter of a broken and troubled family works to keep the family together and look after her younger siblings, who are slipping into a life of crime.

1986.

2 Movies
Soul

Soul

1986
Ip Cheung and her husband had been married for 18 years. Ip runs into her neighbour. Three men tried to kill them as they were talking. Ip and the kid escaped after the Taiwanese woman was killed. Ip'...
Dust in the Wind

Dust in the Wind

1986
Two people are from the small mining town of Jio-fen. They work at a tailors in Taiwan's capital city of Taipei. Everyone believes that they are meant for each other. Time is not something they can se...

1985.

3 Movies
The Time to Live and the Time to Die

The Time to Live and the Time to Die

1985
The film tells the story of Hou Hsiao-Hsien's childhood and adolescence in Taiwan.
My Favorite Season

My Favorite Season

1985
Bi Bao-Liang believes that if he touches a woman before his 30th birthday, he will have bad luck. A beautiful woman who had a love affair with her boss is pregnant. She wants to give her child a famil...
Taipei Story

Taipei Story

1985
A young woman is looking for a future in contemporary Taipei. Lung is stuck in a past that combines baseball and traditional loyalty that leads him to squander his nest egg bailing her father out of f...

1984.

4 Movies
A Summer at Grandpa's

A Summer at Grandpa's

9
1984
A coming-of-age story about a young brother and sister who spend a pivotal summer in the country with their grandparents.
The Bike & I

The Bike & I

1984
A comedy film from Taiwan.
Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

1984
A boy and a girl fell in love. The boy found out that he is a father.

1983.

5 Movies
The Boys from Fengkuei

The Boys from Fengkuei

1983
After finishing school, Ah-Ching and his friends spent most of their time drinking and fighting. Three of them go to Kaohsiung to look for work. Ah-Ching is attracted to the girlfriend of a neighbor. ...
That Day, on the Beach

That Day, on the Beach

1983
Two friends who haven't seen each other in thirteen years are together again. One is a successful concert pianist who just returned from a European tour and the other is starting a new business.
Growing Up

Growing Up

1983
Taiwan's fraught provincial context is the subject of the story of an adolescent boy.
Ah Fei

Ah Fei

1983
Wan Jen's epic of traditional identities coming into conflict with an urban life emphasizes the situation of women in Taiwan.
The Sandwich Man

The Sandwich Man

1983
The film depicts Taiwan during the cold war period when the country developed its economy with help from the United States.

1982.

1 Movie
The Green, Green Grass of Home

The Green, Green Grass of Home

1982
A substitute teacher arrives in a country village to teach a class of students. He fell in love with nature, country life and a fellow teacher at the school.

1981.

1 Movie
Play While You Play

Play While You Play

1981
A romantic drama about a blind man and a television producer.

1980.

1 Movie
Lovable You

Lovable You

1980
The daughter of a rich man helps out with her father's business and takes French lessons so that she can go to France with her fiancée. Da-gang is a poor young man who is studying civil engineering. S...

1979.

3 Movies
Chu Lien

Chu Lien

1979
In her attempt to find a wife for her mentally challenged son, she found Chu Lien to be her daughter-in-law. Chu Lien's life became miserable as a result of being physically abused. Both of them quiet...
Good Morning, Taipei

Good Morning, Taipei

1979
A young woman works at a radio station and a loose youth passes the time until he sees her.
It Was Rainy Last Night

It Was Rainy Last Night

1979
A romance about a girl who falls in love and marries a music teacher. The couple struggle through life as the man does not want to accept money from his rich father.

1978.

1 Movie
Lover on the Wave

Lover on the Wave

1978
The two people met at the seashore. Even though she had given him a hard time she was still compassionate towards the less fortunate. Due to her heart problem, there is a chance that she won't be able...

1975.

1 Movie
The Revenge of Two Exorcists

The Revenge of Two Exorcists

1975
THE REVENGE OF THE TWO EXORCISTS (1975) is another rarity; this one from Lai Sheng Ying, a cinematographer turned director. Based on a Chinese folk tale, according to the article, all the stars are ne...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Shulan River

Shulan River

A lonely river goddess whose waterways have now been covered by modern roads is the focus of Hou Hsiao-Hsien.
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