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A Time to Live and a Time to Die

Tong nien wang shi

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Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Taiwan, 1985
Drama, Biography
      Mandarin
      English, French

Synopsis

When a family makes the move from China’s mainland to Taiwan, the elder members struggle to adapt in their new environment while Ah-Ha, a young boy, gradually reaches maturity. The generation gap grows fearsomely wide, threatening to alienate the young man from his family and their traditions.

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Semi-autobiographical and spanning two decades, this early masterpiece from Hou Hsiao-hsien perfectly combines the historical drama and the coming-of-age story. A superb family saga, the film was an early international success for the filmmaker, winning the FIPRESCI prize at the 1986 Berlinale.

Synopsis

When a family makes the move from China’s mainland to Taiwan, the elder members struggle to adapt in their new environment while Ah-Ha, a young boy, gradually reaches maturity. The generation gap grows fearsomely wide, threatening to alienate the young man from his family and their traditions.

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A Time to Live and a Time to DieDirected byHou Hsiao-hsien
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Awards & Festivals

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Berlin International Film Festival
1986 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize (Forum of New Cinema)
International Film Festival Rotterdam
1987 | Winner: Best Non-American/Non-European Film (Rotterdam Award)

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