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A Summer at Grandpa's (Dong dong de jia qi) (Taiwan, 1984)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien.After their mother becomes hospitalized, two city children find themselves spending the summer in the country with their grandfather. 93 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Time to Live and a Time to Die (Tung nien Wang Shih) (Taiwan, 1985)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. The film depicts a family transplanted from mainland China to Taiwan in the early 1950s. The Father dies of illness and the elder sister marries. A-ha, the protagonist, struggles to deal with adolescence. 137 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Blue Gate Crossing (Lan se da men) (Taiwan | France, 2002)

Directed by Chih-yen Yee. Cast: Chen Bolin, Gui Lunmei, Liang Shuhui. This gentle comedy follows three high school kids discovering their sexuality. The romantic triangle unfolds as a young lesbian asks the high school swim team jock to help her approach the girl she loves. Unfortunately, the jock falls head over heels in love with the lesbian, thus setting a stage for this comedy of errors. 161 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Butterfly and Sword (Hsin liu hsing hu tieh chien) (Taiwan, Hong Kong, 1993)

Directed by Mai Tang-chieh. In this spectacular swordfighting tale the loyalist famous foursome parry and trust their way through a deliriously paced yarn as they attempt to keep the King's empire from being overthrown by a revolutionary group. 86 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhan) (Taiwan, 1966)

Directed by King Hu. Cast: Shangguan Lingfeng, Shi Jun, Bai Ying. Epic takes place during the Ming dynasty. A power-hungry Eunuch employs the evil Eastern Chamber Sect in his quest to single-handedly rule China. However, a warrior named Chow is opposed to his corrupt ambitions and joins a group of warriors aiming to resist the Sect. The two forces eventually battle it out at the Dragon Inn, hosted by murderous bandit Jade. min. 999:2806 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dust in the Wind (Lien lien feng chen) (Taiwan, 1986)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. A story about a young couple from a village in the southern part of Taiwan. Filled with details of urban Taipei, and depicting the transition from rural to industrial life in contemporary Taiwan, this is also a poignant story of young love lost. A teenaged couple moves to the city to find work, but are separated when the boy is drafted and the girl marries another. 109 min. 999:2806 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Eat Drink Man Woman (Yinshi nan nu) (Taiwan, USA, 1994)

Directed by Ang Lee. A retired master chef and widower is worried about the future of his three unmarried daughters who are skeptical about marriage. Yet he himself surprises them with his secret love affair with a young woman many years his junior. 124 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Awards National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Flowers of Shanghai (Hai shang hua) (Taiwan, 1998)

Director, Hou Hsiao-hsien. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Michiko Hada, Lee Yu-ming, Carina Lau Ka-ling. Based on the 1894 novel by Han Ziyun this film is set in the elegant brothels of late nineteenth century Shanghai, a hermetic world with its own highly ritualized codes of behavior, where "flower girls," must win, and then hold, the affection of their wealthy callers. 113 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseReviews and articles: Wood, Robin.

Ghosted (Ai-Mei)(Germany | Taiwan, 2009)

Directed by Monika Treut. Cast: Inga Busch, Huan-Ru Ke, Ting-Ting Hu, Jana Schulz, Jack Kao, Yi-Ching Lu. German artist Sophie is trying to come to terms with the unsolved murder of her Taiwanese lover Ai-Ling. After a run-in with the seductive Mei-Li, a journalist investigating Ai-Ling's death, Sophie flees back to Germany. But when Mei-Li turns up on her Hamburg doorstep, the mystery deepens.

Good Men, Good Women (Hao nan hao nu) (Taiwan, Japan, 1995)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. This film consists of three intermingling stories: a film within a film as well as the past and present as linked by an actress in present-day Taipei. The film in which she plays is about a couple who return to mainland China to participate in the anti-Japanese movement in the 1940s and are arrested as Communists when they return to Taiwan. Images of the film-in-progress contrast with images from the actress' own past, when she was a party girl involved with a gangster. 108 min.

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