MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,338 this week

A Summer at Grandpa's (1984)
"Dong dong de jia qi" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  1984 (Taiwan)
7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 619 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 5 critic

When a young brother and sister spend a pivotal summer away from home, they are changed. Ting-Ting and Tung-Tung (Wang Qiguang) are children of the city, but when their mother is struck ill... See full summary »

Director:

(as Hsiao-Hsien Hou)

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 2382 titles
created 23 Apr 2013
 
a list of 723 titles
created 09 Dec 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 9 months ago
 
list image
a list of 127 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 125 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Summer at Grandpa's (1984)

A Summer at Grandpa's (1984) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Summer at Grandpa's.
3 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Hsiao-hsien Hou
Stars: Hsiang Hsi, Kuei-Ying Hsu, Annie Shizuka Inoh
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Intended as the concluding film in the trilogy on the modern history of Taiwan began with Beiqing Chengshi (1989), this film reveals the story through three levels: a film within a film as ... See full summary »

Director: Hsiao-hsien Hou
Stars: Annie Shizuka Inoh, Giong Lim, Jack Kao
Vive L'Amour (1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The film focuses on three city folks who unknowingly share the same apartment: Mei, a real estate agent who uses it for her sexual affairs; Ah-jung, her current lover; and Hsiao-ang, who's ... See full summary »

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Chao-jung Chen, Kang-sheng Lee, Kuei-Mei Yang
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Ah-Ching and his friends have just finished school in their island fishing village, and now spend most of their time drinking and fighting. Three of them decide to go to the port city of ... See full summary »

Director: Hsiao-hsien Hou
Stars: Chun-fang Chang, Shih Chang, Doze Niu
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A-yuan and A-yun are both from the small mining town of Jio-fen. In the city, A-yuan is an apprentice by day and goes to night school, and A-yun works as a helper at a tailors. Everyone ... See full summary »

Director: Hsiao-hsien Hou
Stars: Shu-Fang Chen, Lawrence Ko, Tianlu Li
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The semi-autobiographical film on director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's childhood and adolescence, when he was growing up in Taiwan, living through the deaths of his father, mother and grandmother.

Directors: Hsiao-hsien Hou, Jia-hua Lao, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Chia-bao Chang, Neng Chang, Chih-chen Chen
In Our Time (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Directors: Yi Chang, I-Chen Ko, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Sylvia Chang, Ying-chen Chang, Chi Chen
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Based from true story, primarily a conflict between two youth gangs, 14-year-old young boy's girlfriend conflict with the head of the gang for unclear reason, until finally there was a painfully incident.

Director: Edward Yang
Stars: Chen Chang, Lisa Yang, Kuo-Chu Chang
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A metaphysical mystery about the lives of three couples in Taipei that continually intersect over a span of several weeks.

Director: Edward Yang
Stars: Cora Miao, Bao-ming Gu, Wang An
Mahjong (1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Edward Yang
Stars: Chen Chang, Nick Erickson, KaizĂ´ Hayashi
Taipei Story (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Lung, a former member of the national Little League team and now operator of an old-style fabric business, is never able to shake a longing for his past glory. One day, he runs into a forme... See full summary »

Director: Edward Yang
Stars: Chin Tsai, Hsiao-hsien Hou, I-Chen Ko
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Edward Yang
Stars: Li-Mei Chen, Shiang-chyi Chen, Yi-wen Chen
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Chi-Kuang Wang ...
Tung-Tung
Shu-Chen Li ...
Ting-Ting
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hsiu-Ling Lin
Mei-Feng
Nai-chu Ting ...
Tung-Tung's mother
Ching-Kuo Yan ...
A kid
Edward Yang
Li-Yin Yang
Edit

Storyline

When a young brother and sister spend a pivotal summer away from home, they are changed. Ting-Ting and Tung-Tung (Wang Qiguang) are children of the city, but when their mother is struck ill, they must leave Taipei, Taiwan, behind and spend the summer with their grandfather and grandmother (Mei Fang) in the country. As they wile away the days at play, the elder Tung-Tung is garnering glimpses of adult responsibility and is slowly growing to realize what it means to be a grownup. Written by Burly.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

1984 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

A Summer at Grandpa's  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film is inspired by screenwriter Chu Tien-wen's childhood memories. It is the first installment of director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's "Coming-of-Age Trilogy" that features three prominent Taiwanese screenwriters' coming-of-age stories - the other two are "Time to Live and a Time to Die, A (1985)" (inspired by the coming-of-age story of Hou Hsiao-Hsien, who is a screenwriter-turned-director) and "Dust in the Wind (1986)" (inspired by the coming-of-age story of Wu Nien-Jen). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Quite a delightful little film
30 August 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

When their mother is forced to stay in the hospital for a prolonged period of time, Ting-Ting (a four year old girl) and Tung-Tung (an eleven year old boy) are taken by their uncle to spend the summer with their grandfather, a doctor in a small, rural town. There are some cliches in the film. The strict, imposing grandfather who at first doesn't seem to like the kids (I saw this just last week in Ford's Wee Willie Winkie) and the crazy lady who later saves one of the children's lives come quickly to mind. A scene where Ting-Ting gives her stuffed animal to a recovering patient of her grandfather's made me cringe a bit. But other than that, it's a rather wonderful movie. The two children in particular are fantastic. When Tung-Tung first meets up with local children, they have a battle between his remote control car and another boy's pet turtle (probably not the best scene to watch if you're a member of PETA, however). In another scene, the boys race their turtles. And there are more. The uncle, kind of the black sheep of the family, has a good subplot, as well. Edward Yang, the director of Yi Yi, has a small role as the children's father. It's too bad this of all of Hou's movies is unavailable. I only liked Flowers of Shanghai better. 8/10.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss A Summer at Grandpa's (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?