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The Puppetmaster (Taiwan, 1989)

April 18, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 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.”

The Puppetmaster (Hsi meng ren sheng) (Taiwan, 1989)
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien.

Acclaimed by many critics as director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s masterpiece, this unique film reflects on Taiwan’s modern history, in particular the Japanese occupation, through the perspective of puppeteer Li Tien-lu. Narrating his autobiography, including the Japanese ban on street theater and subsequent cooptation of such forms, Li’s story is supported and at times counterpointed by Hou’s direction, his characteristic long takes spellbindingly accommodating shifts and overlaps of time and voice.

Screenwriter: Wu Nien-jen, Chu Tien-wen. With: Li Tien-lu, Lim Giong, Chen Kuei-chung, Tsuo Chu-wei, Hung Liu.

In Mandarin, Taiwanese and Japanese with English subtitles, 142 min.

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


April 18, 2015
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States