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A Time to Live and a Time to Die

April 4, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 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 Time to Live and a Time to Die (Tong nian want shi) (Taiwan, 1985)
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien.

A beautifully attenuated observation of the immigrant experience and ephemeral youth, director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s semi-autobiographical tale follows teenage Ah-hsiao (like Hou himself, an immigrant from the Chinese mainland) over 20 years during which childhood gives way to reckless adolescent involvement with street gangs, then to the assumption of responsibility within the family. Delicate and restrained, the film is often cited for its similarity to the austere masterworks of Yasujiro Ozu.

Producer: Lin Teng-fei, Hsu Hsin-chih, Chang Hwa-kun. Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien. Screenwriter: Hou Hsiao-hsien. Cinematographer: Mark Lee (Ping-bin). Editor: Wang Chi-yang. With: Yu An-shun, Tien Feng, Mei Fang, Tang Ju-yun, Hsiao Ai, Hsin Shu-fen.

In Mandarin with English subtitles, 136 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.! UCLA Festival of Preservation Passes available for $50.

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April 4, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States