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.
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
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...
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...
Father to Son
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...
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...
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...
Dragon Girls !
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
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...
Flowers of Taipei: Taiwan New Cinema
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
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...
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 ...
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
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.
Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy
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...
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
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...
I Wish I Knew
The architecture and stories of the people of the mid-1800s and the present day are covered.
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...
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...
Let the Wind Carry Me
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...
My Father Was a Red Balloon: Albert Lamorisse's life story
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...
Flight of the Red Balloon
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
The 33 shorts in the film were directed by different directors.
Hou Hsiao-Hsien Master Class
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.
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...
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...
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...
Our Time, Our Story
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...
Taipei. A voice off-camera looks back ten years to 2000, when Vicky was in an on-again off-again relationship with Hao-Hao...
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...
Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema
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
Everything appears to be beautiful in a brothel where women struggle.
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
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
Having grown up under Japanese rule before WWII, Sega's children can't relate to their father's love for Japanese culture.
Talking with Ozu
A tribute to the legendary Japanese film director featuring the reflections of filmmakers.
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.
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
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...
Dust of Angels
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...
King of Chess
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
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 ...
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...
A City of Sadness
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 ...
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
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...
The Time to Live and the Time to Die
The film tells the story of Hou Hsiao-Hsien's childhood and adolescence in Taiwan.
My Favorite Season
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...
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...
The Boys from Fengkuei
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
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.
Taiwan's fraught provincial context is the subject of the story of an adolescent boy.
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 film depicts Taiwan during the cold war period when the country developed its economy with help from the United States.
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...
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
A young woman works at a radio station and a loose youth passes the time until he sees her.
It Was Rainy Last Night
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.
Lover on the Wave
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...
The Revenge of Two Exorcists
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...
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