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A Summer and Grandpa’s (Taiwan, 1984) & Daughter of the Nile (Taiwan, 1987)

April 11, 2015 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive, Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Taiwan Academy, Taipei Economic and Culture Office in Los Angeles present “Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien.”

A Summer and Grandpa’s (Taiwan, 1984)
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien.

Sent to their grandfather’s home in the countryside as their ailing mother languishes in a Taipei hospital, two kids experience a sunny summer laced with hints of disillusionment. Witnessing troubling scenes between the adults in this bucolic setting, they seem to glimpse a chilling hint of their own futures. Director Hou Hsiao-hsien exquisitely handles the children’s vantage point, and delicately toggles between the film’s light and dark notes.

Screenwriter: Hou Hsiao-hsien. With: Wang Chi-kuang, Li Shu-chen, Ku Chun, Mei Fang, Yen Cheng-kuo.

In Hokkien, Taiwanese and Mandarin with English subtitles, 98 min.

Followed by:
Daughter of the Nile (Taiwan, 1987)
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien.

Following a series of coming-of-age dramas, with this little-seen feature director Hou Hsiao-hsien widened his canvas to accommodate a contemporary social context. A young woman struggles to maintain balance and cohesion between her father and brother (a cop and a petty criminal) while maintaining a fast-food job and attending night school. Her escape comes with manga comics, whose outlandish fantasy scenes are outstripped by Taiwan’s own economic and social churn.

Screenwriter: Chu Tien-wen. With: Yang Lin, Jack Kao, Yang Fan, Li Tien-lu, Tsui Fu-sheng.

In Mandarin with English subtitles, 93 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!

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April 11, 2015
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States