#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – This depiction of childhood and adolescence draws heavily from the filmmaker’s own boyhood. Like many of their compatriots, Hou’s family moved from the mainland to Taiwan in 1948 and was unable ever to return. The film focuses on the widening generation gap in a family cut off from its cultural heritage.
Plot: The semi-autobiographical film on director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s childhood and adolescence, when he was growing up in Taiwan.
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Coming of age in Taiwan
The Taiwanese movie Tong nien wang shi was shown in the U.S. with the title A Time to Live, a Time to Die (1985). The movie was co-written and directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou, and is said to be semi-autobiographical.
The film is a coming of age story of Ah-Ha, whom we meet as a boy of about seven, and whose life we follow until his late teen years. Ah-Ha’s family fled China in 1947, and now live in Taiwan. At first, there was still talk about recapturing the mainland, although those discussions faded away as the reality became clear. Still, Ah-Ha’s grandmother is convinced that she can walk back to the mainland, and frequently asks people to help her to get there.
If the movie does, indeed, contain autobiographical elements, Hsiao-hsien Hou had a difficult boyhood. His family was poor, and Illness stalked them. As a teenager, Ah-Ha joins a gang that is extraordinarily violent. (The violence takes place off screen, but it is an ever-present plot element in the second half of the film.)
The plot doesn’t give us too many heart-rending moments, but it’s still very grim. In fact, as I thought back about it, there was only one truly positive scene when—to Ah-Ha’s astonishment–his grandmother is able to juggle three guavas. Imagine a movie that is more than two hours long, and has only about 30 seconds of true happiness in it.
It’s hard to recommend a movie like this, but, on the positive side, the camera work is brilliant, the acting is excellent, and the film gives us a glimpse of what life was like for a Chinese subculture—people from the mainland who migrated to Taiwan.
We saw this movie at the excellent Dryden Theatre at Eastman House in Rochester, NY as part of a Hsiao-hsien Hou retrospective. It will work well on DVD.
Original Language zh
Runtime 2 hr 18 min (138 min) (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) (Argentina), 1 hr 58 min (118 min) (Taipei) (Taiwan)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Biography, Drama
Director Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Writer T’ien-wen Chu, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Nien-Jen Wu
Actors Chia-bao Chang, Neng Chang, Chih-Chen Chen
Awards 8 wins & 5 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A