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Three Times (2005)

Zui hao de shi guang (original title)
Three stories set in three times, 1911, 1966 and 2005. Two actors play the two main characters in each story.

Director:

Hsiao-Hsien Hou

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Cast

Credited cast:
Qi Shu ... May / Courtesan / Jing
Chen Chang ... Chen / Mr. Chang / Zhen
Fang Mei ... Old Woman
Shu-Chen Liao Shu-Chen Liao ... Madam / Jing's mother
Mei Di Mei Di ... May's mother / Madam
Shi-Shan Chen Shi-Shan Chen ... Haruko / Ah Mei
Pei-Hsuan Lee Pei-Hsuan Lee ... Hostess / Micky
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lawrence Ko ... (special appearance) (as Ko Yu-Luen)
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Storyline

(1) "A Time for Love": In 1966, in Kaohsiung, Chen meets May playing pool in a bar when he is joining the army. He sends letters to her and he comes to the bar to meet her again in his leave. However, May had traveled to another place and Chen seeks her out. (2) "A Time for Freedom": In 1911, in Dadaochend, the writer Mr. Chang works for Mr. Liang and frequently travels to a brothel, where he meets the singer. He financially helps the courtesan Ah Mei to become a concubine. When the singer asks him if he would help her to leave the brothel, there is no answer. (3) "A Time for Youth": In 2005, in Taipei, the messy relationship of the photographer Zhen, his girlfriend Jing and a bisexual singer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Ocean Films [France]

Country:

France | Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin | Min Nan

Release Date:

28 October 2005 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Times See more »

Filming Locations:

Taiwan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,197, 30 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$151,662, 6 August 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rain and Tears used in the first chapter of the movie is sung by Aphrodite's Child. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Moonlight (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Rain and Tears
Written by Johann Pachelbel, Boris Bergman and Vangelis
Performed by Aphrodite's Child
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Romantic epic falls short of promise
23 September 2006 | by oneloveallSee all my reviews

Masterfully directed, though questionably plotted love story focuses on a pair of star-crossed lovers who end up falling in love throughout three different lifetimes in three different time periods. This mystical romance is presented through three self contained vignettes, which remain as true to the customs and culture of the times as is possible. The scope of this film is quite admirable, presenting a deeply sensitive observation on the true essence of love, karma, and the pressures that keep those apart from each other. However, one finds, after the passionate first segment, that the majority of the film does not quite live up to it's vast promise. Starting with it's most emotionally concrete and acutely observed segment, Hsiao-hsien Hou shows why he has earned the respect of his cinematic peers worldwide by beautifully and subtly capturing the heartfelt story. While the other two segments remain interesting, emotional connections begin to slide throughout the tones of the remaining segments. Hou's decision to film the second segment as a silent film, while breaking up the three contrasting styles nicely, ultimately plays as detached and leaves the viewer unconcerned with the characters involved. Returning to modern times, the third segment regains a little vibrancy, but also comes across as distant and underdeveloped. This would all be a lot more tedious to watch, had it not been for Hou's esteemed composition, and the natural graces of the two main leads, exemplified at it's finest unfortunately far too early in the film.


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