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Slowly paced, understated, and exquisitely shot, these are three lovely odes to love and longing. Read critic reviews

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Three romantic tales take place in different eras. In "A Time for Love," set in 1966, a soldier (Chen Chang) meets an alluring pool-hall hostess (Shu Qi). "A Time for Freedom," set in 1911, focuses on a courtesan's relationship with a man during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. In "A Time for Youth," set in 2005, a singer forsakes her female lover for a photographer.

Cast & Crew

Shu Qi
May, Ah Mei, Jing
Chen Chang
Chen, Mr. Chang, Zhen
Mei Fang
Old Woman
Liao Su-jen
Madam , Jing's mother
Di Mei
May's mother , Madam
Shi-Zheng Chen
Haruko , Ah Mei
Lee Pei-hsuan
Hostess , Micky
Chu Tien-wen
Writer
Huang Wen-ying
Executive Producer
Mark Lee Ping-bin
Cinematographer
Huang Wen-ying
Production Design
Wang Chih-cheng
Art Direction
Wang Kuan-yi
Costume Designer
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  • Apr 28, 2016
    It is always interesting to see Hou put together in the same film three stories that feel like a culmination of the main themes found in his work along so many years, even though the third leaves a lot to be desired and I find too distracting the fact that the second one is silent.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2012
    Love across the ages...been done to death right? Perhaps, but it often isn't done right to death. We have had epics from mainland China and the great action genre of Hong Kong so it is good to see a Taiwanese film adding to Chineses collection. Quite touching.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2011
    最好的時光 is carefully emotionally balanced Taiwanese film nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festivalis. The director of this wonderfully executed story triptich is Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Featuring three chronologically separate stories of love between May and Chen, which he sets in 1911, 1966 and 2005, using the same lead actors, very talented and charming Shu Qi and Chang Chen, we are introduced to three varieties of love: unfulfilled, mercenary, meaningless. The best part of this art work is the photography which was done with such visual beauty "that watching the movie is like holding your breath so the butterfly won't stir" (that was form the Chicago Sun critic)! Even the famous Jim Jarmusch said that "Hou Hsiao-Hsien is not only the crowning jewel of contemporary Taiwanese cinema, but an international treasure" and for him "His films are... among the most inspiring of the past thirty years, and his grace and subtlety as a filmmaker remain unrivaled." I agree to a degree!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2010
    "Three Times" is a very slow pace picture based on three different stories and three different time periods. Hou Hsiao-hsien's main focus here is the growing fondness of love, communication, and human emotions. All done almost effortlessly.
    Brian R Super Reviewer

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