Hou Hsiao-Hsien

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I just saw Flowers of Shanghai and really enjoyed it. What else is good?

ryan (ryan), Monday, 14 March 2005 03:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Goodbye South, Goodbye is good.

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 14 March 2005 04:14 (sixteen years ago) link

It's a relatively unknown bit of trivia, but famed wrestler "Triple H" dubbed himself that in honor of his favorite director. His second choice for a name? "Puppetmaster".

Gear! (can Jung shill it, Mu?) (Gear!), Monday, 14 March 2005 05:24 (sixteen years ago) link

in a perfect world that would be true.

on another note: how in the hell do you pronounce his name?

ryan (ryan), Monday, 14 March 2005 05:32 (sixteen years ago) link

I have that Sino Movie 4-DVD box that still shows up fairly regularly on eBay. I haven't freed up any time to watch any of the films, but I'll report back once I do.

(Of the four, A Time to Live and a Time to Die is supposedly the more fully-realized masterpiece.)

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 14 March 2005 05:46 (sixteen years ago) link

A Time to Live and a Time to Die is indeed a fully realized masterpiece.
Daughter of the Nile and Dust in the Wind are quite good, too.
And his name is pronounced "Ho (like Ho Chi Minh) Show (rhymes with how now brown cow) Shen"

Dr Benway (dr benway), Monday, 14 March 2005 07:06 (sixteen years ago) link

The only thing I've seen is "Goodbye South Goodbye", which didn't really appeal to me. It could have been that I just wasn't in the mood for such a painfully slow film the day I watched it.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Monday, 14 March 2005 14:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Not Hsiao-Hsien, but I watched this last night & quite enjoyed it--


jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Monday, 14 March 2005 14:44 (sixteen years ago) link

The Puppetmaster is my fave after Flowers. If you found GSG painfully slow, he may not be for you.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 14 March 2005 15:12 (sixteen years ago) link

It wasn't the slow pace that bothered me, it's the fact that it didn't seem to have a purpose. A film like "L'Avvenura" or "Gerry" being slow is fitting with the themes of the film. I just didn't see a connection with the plot that justified the pacing.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Monday, 14 March 2005 15:45 (sixteen years ago) link

If you found GSG painfully slow, he may not be for you.

This isn't the case--I watched "Flowers of Shanghai" tonight & it was incredible (definitely one of the best films I've seen this year).

And it's not slow films either--I watched "Goodbye Dragon Inn" yesterday (possibly the slowest film I've ever seen) and enjoyed it greatly. I guess GSG just didn't work for me for some reason.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Sunday, 20 March 2005 02:03 (sixteen years ago) link

how about that what-seemed-like-5-minutes shot of an empty theater in Goodbye Dragon Inn? i found it pretty poignant for about 70% of its length, then i started to laugh and thought "only in an asian art film," and then got sad, and then remembered i still had to do my laundry, and the i thought i saw something move, and then i realized nothing had moved, and then i shifted in my chair, and then i zoned out, and then the shot ended. it was really something.

good movie though.

ryan (ryan), Sunday, 20 March 2005 03:55 (sixteen years ago) link

FUCK! Cafe Lumiere isn't on the slate for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival!!!


Eric H. (Eric H.), Sunday, 20 March 2005 15:38 (sixteen years ago) link

i think I ran through the same range of emotions with GDI, ryan. I had to check my DVD player's time display several times during the film to make sure that i hadn't paused the disc by mistake.

I would like to see this film in a theater--i think I missed some of the self-reflexive impact that a "movie that takes place in a movie theater while you watch it in a movie theater" has.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Sunday, 20 March 2005 16:07 (sixteen years ago) link

i wish it was possible to do an experiment to tell whether people are actually paying attention to the movie or just day dreaming. i think one reason i love slow movies is that i sometimes something in the movie will send off on a 5 minute day dream and i wont have really missed anything plot wise. i kind of like it when a movie does not demand my attention.

ryan (ryan), Monday, 21 March 2005 01:45 (sixteen years ago) link

doesn't kiarostami consider it an honor (or at the very least, not mind at all) if the audience falls asleep during his movies? i think i read a quote to that effect, anyway.

jay OTM about dragon inn - i really enjoyed it, but felt like i was missing out having to watch it at home. i'm not sure that i can identify why, but i think there's more to it than just the theatre-as-subject, though. maybe how enveloped you're allowed to become in the lengthy takes? i saw what time is it there? on the big screen and it was amazing... but i am sort of loathe to go back and watch some of his earlier films on dvd.

a spectator bird (a spectator bird), Monday, 21 March 2005 02:47 (sixteen years ago) link

i saw goodbye dragon inn in the theater and it was indeed amazing. watched the river on dvd & didn't know what to make of it.

re: kiarostami, i've heard that too, i want to say maybe in the interview on the criterion taste of cherry dvd?

andrew s (andrew s), Monday, 21 March 2005 06:10 (sixteen years ago) link

The self-reflexiveness of GDI was certainly felt the 2 times I saw it in a theater.

The empty auditorium shot acquires meaning the longer it goes on. I found the last shot of GSG much more gimmicky and opaquely "cute."

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 March 2005 14:29 (sixteen years ago) link

The empty auditorium shot acquires meaning the longer it goes on.

Absolutely. It's almost a disappointment when it ends.

Has anyone seen "Last Life in the Universe"? I wanted to rent it last night but I was already over my rental limit. The cast looks good & Christopher Doyle shot it, so it's got to look nice at least.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Monday, 21 March 2005 14:56 (sixteen years ago) link

i have seen it. i loved it. very beautifully shot too.

ryan (ryan), Monday, 21 March 2005 15:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Thanks Ryan--I'll rent it this week.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Monday, 21 March 2005 17:06 (sixteen years ago) link

I saw "Last Life" at the Toronto Fest '03 (same week as Gbye Dragon Inn) and found it garbled and kinda precious despite the good look and Tadanobu Asano. The director was funny in the Q&A -- some dopey woman asked a witless question about all the smoking in the film, so he kept coming back to smoking as the KEY to the film until she fled.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 March 2005 21:36 (sixteen years ago) link

hahaha. it is precious though i agree.

ryan (ryan), Tuesday, 22 March 2005 01:03 (sixteen years ago) link

Started watching "Last Life..." last night (only got about halfway through & stuff came up so I had to stop it). It's pretty good so far.

I had no idea what you guys meant by "precious", but it took me about five minutes into the film before it became crystal clear. It's not as bad as, say, "Garden State", but the convieniences & cute coincidences are annoying.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Monday, 28 March 2005 19:18 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah i like that stuff about it tho! havent seen garden state tho so i cant compare. i just thought it was really charming and sad, i am a total sucker for movies with that general aesthetic, it's basically the kind of movie i am always hoping to see.

ryan (ryan), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 00:45 (sixteen years ago) link

ryan, rereading my post, it sounds a lot harsher than I meant it to be. I finished watching "Last Life..." tonight & really enjoyed it. I think I'm going to have my girlfriend watch it as an introduction to modern Asian cinema--it seems pretty accessible, as it seems very "American-indie film" influenced (although much better than most of what is coming out of that genre lately).

Back on HHH, has anyone seen "Millenium Mambo"? I'd never heard of it, but saw it listed in the Palm Pictures catalog & then found it on Amazon for $6.98. If I get one thumbs up from someone here, I'm buying it.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 01:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Just got my Sino Movie HHH boxset in the mail today.....teh cool.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Friday, 1 April 2005 23:58 (sixteen years ago) link

"Dust In the Wind" was fantastic--can't wait to watch the other three films in this set. I was upset at first about the lack of "touching up" (there is a lot of artifacts, slipped frames, etc.) but it almost adds to the film in a way. The cinematography was gorgeous & the opening shot absolutely blew me away (the train sequences reminded me quite a bit of Goodbye South Goodbye, which I'm really starting to think I judged unfairly, partly because I wasn't in the mood for a challenging film that day & also because I was unaccustomed to slow Taiwanese art films at the time. I'll be sure to give a review when I give it another chance.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Sunday, 3 April 2005 03:01 (sixteen years ago) link

"Millenium Mambo" was not what I was expecting, but was still pretty good. Probably the most accessible HHH I've seen, with Flowers of Shanghai being a close second. Next up is "The Time to Live and the Time to Die".

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Monday, 4 April 2005 02:27 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Klawans really loves Three Times!

TRG (TRG), Monday, 8 May 2006 18:21 (fifteen years ago) link

I saw Kohi Jiko ("cafe lumiere") a few months ago... and i really liked it (i was in the minority of the group i went with).

There was talk of the heavy debt to Ozu (who I'm not familiar with) but I definitely want to see it again.

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Monday, 8 May 2006 19:00 (fifteen years ago) link

I feel like I was in minority as well, but I loved Cafe Lumiere. It was intended to be a tribute to Ozu.

TRG (TRG), Monday, 8 May 2006 19:49 (fifteen years ago) link

Three Times was ok. Loved parts of it but kind of feel like it may be one of his weaker films. He lost me with the last segment.

TRG (TRG), Tuesday, 16 May 2006 16:56 (fifteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Three Times is out on DVD. I liked the third segment best despite my suspicion that he's better with concubines than modern women (Flowers of Shanghai vs Cafe Lumiere). The first segment is a protracted variation on the soldier-meets-civilian meet-cute scenaerio; the second, filmed as a silent movie, makes me wish he'd abandon dialogue altogether.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Monday, 6 November 2006 01:06 (fourteen years ago) link

i like the first third of Three Times - mainly, i suppose, because i like looking at cute, well dressed people smoking cigarettes but it did seem to have some kind of emotional weight. as for the second section, i agree with Alfred, he should have jettisoned the intertitle dialogues and made it a silent silent-movie. the third section though is so bad it retrospectively ruined the good things that had preceded it. there's a thin line between still & meaningful and something just beiing completely vacuous. it makes you think you had given him too much credit up til then.

i guess i would like to see his other films so i can test this.

jed_ (jed), Monday, 6 November 2006 19:29 (fourteen years ago) link

and I vote for the second segment.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 7 November 2006 14:58 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...
shoul i go see the (5 hour!) "A City of Sadness" later this month?

jed_, Sunday, 4 March 2007 14:36 (fourteen years ago) link

isn't it 4? It might be a bit of a trial if you haven't seen Hou before. But yes.

Dr Morbius, Monday, 5 March 2007 14:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Hmm 2h 37 minutes - a misprint on the brochure has it listed at 297 minutes. i guess 2 1/2 hours is fine.

jed_, Monday, 5 March 2007 23:24 (fourteen years ago) link

ah this was a good old ILF thread...

ryan, Wednesday, 7 March 2007 05:57 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Armond nailed Flight of the Red Balloon for me, I'm afraid (except he liked Binoche more):


I've really been underwhelmed post-Flowers of Shanghai, save for the 'silent' chapter of 3x.

Dr Morbius, Friday, 23 May 2008 15:00 (thirteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Godfrey Cheshire, whelmed:

Hou is a genius, it is said; therefore every film of his is a work of art. In this case, though I'm a longtime admirer and defender of the director, I must beg to differ. Hou's latest strikes me as a trifle, more perplexing than interesting, with inherent problems that are bound up with the fact that it's the first movie he has made outside of Asia....

So why would he go off to France and make a Juliette Binoche movie? There are two primary reasons, I think, and neither is particularly salutary....


Dr Morbius, Friday, 20 June 2008 21:26 (thirteen years ago) link

four months pass...

Pokey in spots, and Binoche's dye job makes her look like she's auditioning to play Courtney Love, but I rather loved this, especially since the original film is oh-so-precious. Rewatching certain scenes between the three main characters in Binoche's apartments, I was struck by how wittily Hou pans subtly between the child and the adults; it's like Janes' What Maisie Knew -- this child barely cognizant of what these confused adults are up to; yet there's enough distance between his perceptions and ours that the two women's interactions are regarded quizzically, affectionately.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 03:00 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

i think one reason i love slow movies is that i sometimes something in the movie will send off on a 5 minute day dream and i wont have really missed anything plot wise. i kind of like it when a movie does not demand my attention.
― ryan (ryan), Monday, 21 March 2005 01:45 (5 years ago)

neglected slow cinema wisdom

hsh is super great

nakhchivan, Monday, 14 June 2010 13:34 (eleven years ago) link

hhh :/

nakhchivan, Monday, 14 June 2010 13:34 (eleven years ago) link

from his 00s stuff, millenium mambo was amazing (unjustly neglected), coffee time was very good and red balloon wd probably have been completely insufferable if entrusted to anyone else

nakhchivan, Monday, 14 June 2010 13:39 (eleven years ago) link

red balloon playing here in two days - good or just not completely insufferable?

♹♹ (dyao), Monday, 14 June 2010 13:45 (eleven years ago) link

dyao successfully triangulates the asian minimalism / dixie proletkult demographics ^^

anything by hou is worth seeing, he is that great

red balloon is a rly weak idea for a movie but he does his best

nakhchivan, Monday, 14 June 2010 13:49 (eleven years ago) link

It wasn't not true at all either.

thread of getting sw0le and lena jokes (Eric H.), Monday, 7 December 2015 18:56 (five years ago) link

What has or is about to happen?

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 December 2015 18:58 (five years ago) link

I've seen critics far more intelligent than I call this his most perplexing movie. I don't think Alfred is alone on his flags.

thread of getting sw0le and lena jokes (Eric H.), Monday, 7 December 2015 18:59 (five years ago) link

his most perplexing movie

that would be the puppetmaster

, Monday, 7 December 2015 19:23 (five years ago) link

all you really need to know is that the assassin and the person she's assigned to kill are related. that's the driver!

, Monday, 7 December 2015 19:25 (five years ago) link

you aren't even told that in the titlecard. it's repeated throughout the first half!

, Monday, 7 December 2015 19:25 (five years ago) link

Is The Puppetmaster perplexing? I was following it ok..

The one that I felt was pretty convuluted was City of Sadness but there is so much else to Hou there are other things to follow if you are weighed down by narrative.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 7 December 2015 21:44 (five years ago) link

i saw a really bad 35mm print (touted as one of the last in existence) so maybe that was why

and yeah exactly, i think with hou so rarely is the payoff in the narrative denoument

i still think most critics were sold on this as being a sort of spiritial sequel to crouching tiger i.e. high class wuxia with lots of fights

, Monday, 7 December 2015 23:13 (five years ago) link

the critical response has been excellent though; I think the poor suckers were the theater owners.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 December 2015 23:19 (five years ago) link

i saw a really bad 35mm print (touted as one of the last in existence)

I saw a rough print, someone needs to restore this - one of the best screenings this year.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 7 December 2015 23:48 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Assassin Blu/DVD tomorrow

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 25 January 2016 12:34 (five years ago) link

Watched it yesterday - thought the knife fights had that clean clinical look of scenes from Kobayashi's Harakiri.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 25 January 2016 12:57 (five years ago) link

Seeing it tonight, excited. GFT are doing it justice by showing it on their smallest screen :-(

Chicamaw (Ward Fowler), Monday, 25 January 2016 13:03 (five years ago) link

Its great - had to wait 3/4 months for it.

Now to decide where it places on the best films of 2015 ballot. (I suppose ppl will vote for this as a 2015 film so if I'll join in)

xyzzzz__, Monday, 25 January 2016 13:14 (five years ago) link

I won't get to see it until may/june, so it'll wait til next years ballot for me :(

Frederik B, Monday, 25 January 2016 13:43 (five years ago) link

Rewatched Flowers of Shanghai yesterday afternoon. The last scene killed me.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 January 2016 13:46 (five years ago) link

I won't get to see it until may/june, so it'll wait til next years ballot for me :(

― Frederik B, Monday, 25 January 2016 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

LOL how come? You watch everything :-)

xyzzzz__, Monday, 25 January 2016 13:51 (five years ago) link

Danish release dates. It's incredible that it even gets released here, and I'm giving major kudos to the distributors, but they keep it until june, out of the prolonged oscar-season. Amour Fou, for instance, suffered the same fate. But Amour Fou I managed to see at both Gothenburg at CPH:PIX before, but it isn't at Gothenburg, and PIX is moving to the fall this year. So no luck at all, I have to wait until june. :(

And thanks :) But I don't watch everything, not at all. I'm just lucky enough to live within distance of a bunch of festivals, and spend my vacations that way. Cannes films are pretty much always delayed for me.

Frederik B, Monday, 25 January 2016 14:09 (five years ago) link

I'd get a DVD but its not the same - watched at the biggest screen at the NFT

xyzzzz__, Monday, 25 January 2016 14:40 (five years ago) link

Well, yeah, I could probably do that. But I know I'll see it this summer, probably a couple of times, so I might prioritize all the other stuff I want to see.

Frederik B, Monday, 25 January 2016 14:59 (five years ago) link

Needless to say this was ravishing, and demands to be seen on a big screen.

Really felt like there was a lot of self-identification between Hou and the Assassin - both of them creep up on things (narrative/victims) and both of them refuse the expected or demanded (exposition/the killing stroke). Seemed very significant that a lot of the action moments took place just off-screen, or are seen from a distance - the film simultaneously polishes myth and views it sideways.

Chicamaw (Ward Fowler), Monday, 25 January 2016 21:14 (five years ago) link

Scrolled up and the talk upthread re: plot gets funnier.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 09:24 (five years ago) link

seeing it tonight. half wary, half excited. the interviews he has given about the film make me go for the former. like 'i just cut out everything that might tell you anything just for the hell of it'.

StillAdvance, Tuesday, 2 February 2016 09:33 (five years ago) link

i watched this not caring about the plot beyond the basics. i gave up trying to follow it. but i found this enjoyable. and surprisingly light in how it feels as i was expecting it to be austere and heavy going. but it was sort of mythic and almost fairy tale-like. but i still didnt pay much attention to the narrative - it seemed inconsequential and pointless task. but also as i read so much about how ravishing it was to look at. which is actually where i found the film a let down. it looks like HD TV really. compositionally, i think the appeal was more to do with the set design than the cinematography, which seemed adequate but lacking in his usual control/deliberation. the crystalline, ultra high def images lacked anything interesting texturally. it looked like a quality TV mini series, the black and white sequence at the start even more so. a lot of the fights were presented as awkwardly as the grandmaster, though i appreciate the attempt to do something new there. its enigmatic, enjoyably light-footed, and strangely intriguing, but something i would file as a modest, low budget, late period addition to someones filmography rather than one of the great films of recent memory. i cant help thinking a lot of the praise poured onto it is a kind of compensation for his older/better films not being shown/known more.

StillAdvance, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 10:43 (five years ago) link

Best bit was the panning revealing and hiding again the assassin listening through the curtains. I almost fell asleep several times but in sort of a nice way and wasn't helped by having to travel across to Edinburgh and back before work having missed it at the GFT last week.

ewar woowar (or something), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 12:10 (five years ago) link

it looks like HD TV really.

The gap between film and TV look has narrowed considerably over the last 15 years. Hou has probably gone with the times, or the tech. Its hard to know how well it might look compared as the older films (as I saw in the BFI retro) aren't in as good a condition. But for what it is I think decisions as to what is shot (and what is kept out too), angles of light etc. and mixed shooting settings - not only B&W but also that scene where the image is made grainier. That was all well-handled. I think the guy is in control of his materials.

The appeal - well you'd expect a Hou film to be well shot (its done in a way you don't like), to have as few a cliche's as poss (compared to other wuxia). Its just a very good film that had an award - which is wider recognition for a director that is pretty much well-known already in art house circles. I wouldn't call it overcompensation. Its top 10 stuff in most years.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 February 2016 13:28 (five years ago) link

youre right about the decreased gap between film and tv. but it made me think a bit in terms of the look of something like raul ruiz' mysteries of lisbon. the production values felt more tv something like say, house of flying daggers. i kept thinking someone should tap HHH to do a long form series, like a wuxia twin peaks. im surprised that it was shot on 35mm (suppose it shows that you can make film look like digital tv and vice versa). but there was def something slight about this compared to what else ive seen of his - it def had that stillness, and moments of opaqueness, but it didnt seem to come with as much meaning. that might come if i watch it again maybe, not sure.

im glad hes getting accolades. obv if youre 'into film', you will prob know of him, but hes not nearly as famous as other east asian auteurs.

StillAdvance, Thursday, 4 February 2016 17:11 (five years ago) link

i think im thinking texturally, or in terms of the grain, as well as attention to lighting, and atmosphere, etc.

compare this still from city of sadness to the assassin -



StillAdvance, Thursday, 4 February 2016 17:20 (five years ago) link

Anybody seen the wuxia tv shows? I seen some trailers and was amazed because the movie-like quality of them seems far beyond even American tv shows.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 4 February 2016 18:10 (five years ago) link

I haven't seen Mysteries of Lisbon but he is so diff to HHH. 'TV production values' vs film - again, I wonder how much of a gap there is in the first place between either of them.

From the two screenshots I take your point but City of Sadness does, iirc, evoke a very different mood in its intentions and its a very different story - which I think why at least trying to follow some of the story's strands (and I didn't follow all of them) might be worthwhile.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:41 (five years ago) link

It's posit StillAdvance means that MOL has the leisurely pace of, say, Berlin Alexanderplatz.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:48 (five years ago) link

posit = possible

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:48 (five years ago) link

i only mentioned MOL as it was also a tv project IIRC but i think the thing with the assassin is that the image is very naked. or made to seem very naked (ive read some reviews since seeing it comment on it being like a painting come to life but i would say its more just like a digital photograph come to life, which im not sure really suits it as its meant to be a period piece). made me think of inland empire actually. i know the lighting was all natural, but idk, i like a bit of artifice, so maybe its just personal preference (i feel a bit like QT complaining about digital projection being TV, but i think its about the choices made in the shooting and the lighting, not the projection).

i still need to watch berlin alexanderplatz.

StillAdvance, Friday, 5 February 2016 10:35 (five years ago) link

its more just like a digital photograph come to life, which im not sure really suits it as its meant to be a period piece

Period piece needn't mean you sould exclude digital.

Some of the colours felt oversaturated.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 5 February 2016 11:40 (five years ago) link

I think this film's status as a 'period film' is quite complex (especially when there are fantasy elements in play) - it has the feel of a retold childhood fable, a remembrance of a story rather than the story itself, and so the brightness of the colours seems an appropriate way of expressing memory, and wonderment.

Chicamaw (Ward Fowler), Friday, 5 February 2016 12:14 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

So, this is a masterpiece! Reminded me a lot of Amour Fou in it's depiction of a rotten, codified, millieu. Also, reading up on the history behind it, the whole thin is based on fact, it seems. It's really not that complicated.

Frederik B, Monday, 18 April 2016 11:53 (five years ago) link

one month passes...
one year passes...

Daughter of the Nile has a 30th anniversary 4K restoration opening in NY this week


ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 October 2017 20:47 (three years ago) link

watched tai pei story last week; every shot is gorgeous

flopson, Monday, 23 October 2017 21:28 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

I really liked The Puppetmaster. It was definitely made more interesting for me by the mixing of casual narration in voice-over and interview scenes with the historical storytelling. The “almost like life” puppet show scenes and opera scenes were also mesmerizing. Didn’t think the narrative was confusing at all (unlike The Assassin). Can relate to what was said above about his films being delicate/miniaturized, the preference for mid- and long-range shots really add emotional distance to the events of the stories

enjoyed reading this thread

Dan S, Friday, 2 November 2018 23:43 (two years ago) link

I used the search function to find this thread, was disappointed to realize I posted this to ILF. surprising to me that there's no Hou Hsiao-Hsien thread on ILE

Dan S, Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:15 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

I've seen The Assassin twice now, I'm still not sure I really understand it, but it is a beautiful film

Dan S, Sunday, 3 February 2019 03:10 (two years ago) link

Only saw the one time when it came out but would like to see again. Where is it streaming? Only thing I see available is Daughter of the Nile on Kanopy. Actually just watched Three Times about a week ago on Mubi and it was incredible.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 February 2019 03:19 (two years ago) link

Seems like I missed whole Metrograph retro and don’t think I can get there tomorrow for the last day.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 February 2019 03:29 (two years ago) link

I want to see Three Times again, I remember liking it the first time, especially the 1966 sequence. haven't seen Daughter of the Nile yet. The Assassin is available on netflix dvd. the quality of the dvd I rented this time was superior (I thought) to that I saw initially

Dan S, Sunday, 3 February 2019 03:30 (two years ago) link

I know dvds are not something most people consider watching today, but without them, at least for the moment, I think viewers are missing out on a lot of great classic films

Dan S, Sunday, 3 February 2019 03:37 (two years ago) link

Yeah, I know I am.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 February 2019 03:39 (two years ago) link

The Assassin seems like a very different film to me this time. wondering what it will feel like again in 5 years

Dan S, Sunday, 3 February 2019 04:30 (two years ago) link

I can recommend googling the names of characters in The Assassin. Some of them are historical characters, whose stories don't end there.

Frederik B, Sunday, 3 February 2019 08:03 (two years ago) link

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