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Tóngnián wangshì ()


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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.

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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chia-bao Chang
Neng Chang
Chih-Chen Chen
Han-wen Chen
Shu-Fang Chen
Bao-te Chiang
Tung-hung Chou
Shu-Fen Hsin ...
Hsiao's love interest
Hsiang-Ping Hu
Tung-lai Kao
Chung-Wen Lin
Kuo-bao Liu
Cheng-ye Lo
Shun-lin Lo
Tse-chung Lo
Mei-Feng
Ru-Yun Tang ...
Grandmother
Te-chen Tao
Su-Ying Wu
Sheng-hua Yen

Directed by

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Hsiao-Hsien Hou

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T'ien-wen Chu ... ()
 
Hsiao-Hsien Hou ... ()

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Hsin Chih Hsu ... producer

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Chu-chu Wu

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Ping Bin Lee

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Chung-Wen Lin

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Ching Wen Chu

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Hsiao-Ming Hsu ... assistant director

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Chiang-Sheng Hsin ... sound recordist
Duu-Chih Tu ... sound
Ting-yi Wu ... assistant sound
Ching-an Yang ... assistant sound

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Chu-chu Wu ... composer: theme music

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Chi-Pin Chao ... planner

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Plot Summary

This depiction of childhood and adolescence draws heavily from the filmmaker's own boyhood. Like many of their compatriots, Hou's family moved from the mainland to Taiwan in 1948 and was unable ever to return. The film focuses on the widening generation gap in a family cut off from its cultural heritage. Written by International Film Circuit

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Also Known As
  • Tong nian wang shih (Taiwan)
  • A Time to Live and a Time to Die (United States)
  • A Time to Live, a Time to Die (World-wide, English title)
  • A Time to Live and a Time to Die (World-wide, English title)
  • Un temps pour vivre, un temps pour mourir (France)
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  • 138 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia This film is inspired by screenwriter-turned-director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's coming-of-age story. It is the second installment of Hou Hsiao-Hsien's "Coming-of-Age Trilogy" that features three prominent Taiwanese screenwriters' coming-of-age stories - the other two are A Summer at Grandpa's (1984) (inspired by the childhood memories of Chu Tien-Wen) and Dust in the Wind (1986) (inspired by the coming-of-age story of Wu Nien-Jen). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema (1998). See more »

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