ZUIHAODE SHIGUANG

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ZUIHAODE SHIGUANG

THREE TIMES

Hou Hsiao-hsien
Taiwan, 2005
Fiction, 135min, OmeU

ZUIHAODE SHIGUANG

Hou Hsiao-hsien
Taiwan, 2005
Fiction, 135min, OmeU

Cast: 
Shu Qi
Ah Mei/May/Jing
Chang Chen
Chang/Chen/Zhen
Screenplay: 
Chu Tien-wen
Sound: 
Tu Duu-chih
Camera: 
Lee Mark Ping-bing
Editor: 
Liao Ching- sung
Decoration: 
Hwarng Wern Ying
Costume: 
Wang Kuan-yi

Production: 
Sino Movie 5 F, No. 67-4, Sec. 4 Chung Hsiao E. Rf 106 Taipei, Taiwan T 2 8771 9392 service@sinomovie.com
World Sales: 
Celluloid Dreams 2 rue Turgot 75009 Paris, Frankreich T 1 49 70 03 70, info@celluloid-dreams.com
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Three Times is arguably Hous finest film for some years. Moreover, it can be seen as something of a summation of his career to date, in that the first of the three stories, set in 1966, recalls early films like A Time to Live and A Time to Die, the second, set in 1911, echoes Flowers of Shanghai, and the last, set in todays Taipei, is in the style of Millennium Mambo. The same actors appear in each episode, and music features as commentary and atmospheric accompaniment in each; in the second, which plays like a silent film with intertitles, two classic Chinese songs bookend a lovely piano score somewhere between 20th-century impressionism and Jarrett-style jazz. That may give a clue to the films remarkable ambitions, its erudition, and its air of melancholy. Its a movie of subtle brilliance, always stunning to look at but refusing to divulge its treasures to the inattentive viewer. (Geoff Andrew)