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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

April 3, 2015 -
June 20, 2015

Read about this retrospective in the Los Angeles Times.

An indispensable figure of Taiwan's national cinema and artistic culture, Hou Hsiao-hsien's contribution to the expressive range of contemporary, international cinema positions him as a decisive and timeless voice for the medium itself.  This incredible fact should not be taken for granted.  The national cinema culture from which Hou emerged, hedged in by foreign competition, scant resources and a resort to genre tropes, did not outwardly promise an auteur of such importance.  But Hou made a virtue of necessity, experimenting his way toward an economical and deeply expressive stylistic virtuosity that became a clarion voice of the New Taiwanese Cinema of the 1980s, defined by more personal, socially engaged and stylistically searching cinematic statements.  It may seem ironic that a filmmaker so intensely Taiwanese, engaging specific questions of national identity and destiny, might prove so resonant an artistic voice on the world stage.  Though attentive to Taiwan's ethnic tensions, its fraught and tangled histories of occupation, martial law and its dizzying economic development, his perspective nonetheless features a marvelously attenuated aesthetic distance, characterized most recognizably as a matter of long takes and improvisation.  But the stylist is also a philosopher, attentive to the margins and fringes of his own dramatic space, open to the possibility of human entropy, and sensitive to history's pall, which he evokes with a rueful and unblinking sadness.  It is with great pleasure that the Archive presents this retrospective and appreciation of his art.

International retrospective organized by Richard I. Suchenski (Director, Center for Moving Image Arts at Bard College), in collaboration with the Taipei Cultural Center, the Taiwan Film Institute, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan).  The book Hou Hsiao-hsien (Columbia University Press, 2014) has been released in conjunction with this retrospective.

Series presented in association with American Cinematheque (May 15 - 17) and Film/Video at REDCAT (screening of Flowers of Shanghai on May 4).

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location

Good Men, Good Women  /  Goodbye South, Goodbye

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Flight of the Red Balloon

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Three Times

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Café Lumière

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

The Boys from Fengkuei  /  The Green, Green Grass of Home

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Cute Girl  /  Cheerful Wind

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

The Puppetmaster

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Flowers of Taipei: Taiwan New Cinema

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater

A Summer at Grandpa's  /  Daughter of the Nile

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 3:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater

A Time to Live and a Time to Die

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Dust in the Wind  /  Son's Big Doll

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater