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A Time to Live, a Time to Die

Hsiao-Hsien Hou / TW, 1985 / 145 min.

Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien reflects on his youth on the island near China. Hou’s 1985 autobiographical masterpiece ranks high on the lists of favourite films and is now regarded as a classic of Asian cinema.

A time to live a tim to die

Digital restoration.

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Hsiao-Hsien Hou

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Tongnian wangshi


145 min.



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