Tong nien wang shi (A Time to Live and a Time to Die) (1985)

Tong nien wang shi (A Time to Live and a Time to Die)

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One of Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's best-known films, this semi-autobiographical drama follows the childhood and teenage years of a young man named Ah-ha, as he comes of age in the Taiwan countryside. Though born on the Chinese mainland, Ah-ha moves to Taiwan at a very early age when his father accepts a government position upon the island. His family soon becomes permanent residents of the island, thanks a combination of historical circumstance -- the Communist takeover of the mainland … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Tong nien wang shi (A Time to Live and a Time to Die)

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[A] delicate, haunted drama, from 1986, in which the director Hou Hsiao-hsien conjures his reminiscences of childhood and adolescence in a remote Taiwan village in the nineteen-forties and fifties.

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poetically filmed and touching coming of age story based on hou's family's experience coming from the mainland to taiwan during the war. at first seemingly temporary residents, they soon find themselves trapped by the communist takeover, the children as they grow enduring the deaths of their father, then their mother and eventually their old grandmother, who was always getting lost trying to find her way back to her home village. very moving in the end, marred for me only by the too sentimental music at some points

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