侯孝賢

HOU Hsiao-Hsien

Director , Scriptwriter , Producer , Executive Producer , Actors/Actress

HOU Hsiao-Hsien was born on April 8, 1947 in Mei County, Guangdong Province, China. He moved to Taiwan with his family in 1948 after Taiwan returned to the Chinese rule following the Japanese surrender at the end of Second World War. HOU grew up in southern Taiwan until he served in the military for 2 years. It was during this period that he began to develop his interest in films. After being discharged from the compulsory military service in 1969, HOU was admitted to the Motion Picture Department of National Taiwan Arts Academy in Taipei. After graduation in 1973, he worked briefly as a salesman. Later he began his film career as script supervisor, assistant director and scriptwriter for veteran directors, such as Li Hsing. (李行) In 1978 HOU Hsiao-Hsien began his close collaboration with CHEN Kun-Hou. HOU was scriptwriter, and CHEN the cameraman. In 1980 HOU directed his first feature “Cute Girl,”(就是溜溜的她) which was a box office success. In 1982 his “The Green, Green Grass of Home” was commercially and critically successful. It was nominated for Best Feature Film and Best Director awards in the 19th Golden Horse Awards. It was the same year that Edward Yang (楊德昌) and three other young directors completed their debut omnibus film “In Our Time” (光陰的故事) The critical and commercial success of both “In Our Time” and “Growing Up” (小畢的故事) marked the beginning of Taiwanese New Wave movement. Under the influence of young filmmakers who had received film training in the U.S., HOU began to switch his filmmaking emphasis from commercial success to personal expression. The omnibus film “Sandwich Man” (兒子的大玩偶), which HOU co-directed with TSENG Chuang-Hsiang (曾壯祥) and WAN Jen (萬仁), was a ground-breaking work for Taiwan New Cinema. “The Boys from Fengkuei,” made in the same year, was the first film that HOU began to direct creatively rather than intuitively. This film, together with “A Summer at Grandpa’s,” “The Time to Live, The Time to Die” and “Dust in the Wind,” formed the trilogy of HOU’s autobiographic films. The theme on adolescence experience growing up in rural Taiwan and the unique style of storytelling are important marks of the Taiwan New Cinema, and are influential to the younger filmmakers in Taiwan. Of the ten films HOU Hsiao-Hsien has directed between 1980 and 1989, seven received best film and/or best director awards from international film festivals, such as Berlin, Venice, Hawaii and the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes, France. HOU’s success at international film festival reached its peak in 1989 with “City of Sadness,” which won him the Golden Lion Award at Venice International Film Festival. “City of Sadness,” “The Puppetmaster” and “Good Men, Good Women” formed a trilogy that deals with the troubled history of recent Taiwan. In these films HOU had established his master status in international film circuit with his famous long and stillness takes, as well as his beautifully composed empty shots. He began to experiment with different styles of filmmaking in 1996 with “Goodbye South, Goodbye,” “Flowers of Shanghai” and “Millennium Mambo.” HOU Hsiao-Hsien is considered the leader of the Taiwan New Wave movement. He constantly helped other filmmakers in their works, as executive producer, producer, scriptwriter or actor. HOU likes to collaborate with his staple crew members, such as scriptwriter CHU Tien-Wen and WU Nien-Jen, Cinematographer CHEN Kun-Hou and Lee Pin-Bing, Sound Engineer TU Tu-Chi and Editor LIAO Ching-Sung. In November 1999 HOU established Sinomovie.com, a company specializing in producing and distributing domestic and foreign feature and short films. HOU also set up a website (http://www.sinomovie.com) to encourage the making of digital movies by young filmmakers using small format digital video equipment. In December 2001 HOU was involved in forming Taiwan Film and Culture Association to promote the film culture activities and to encourage the training of young filmmakers. One of the achievements of the Association was the renovation of the residence of former U.S. Ambassadors to Taiwan, which was transformed into Spot Taipei Film House, an art house for exhibiting non-commercial films. Starting from 2003 Taiwan Film and Culture Association is commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs of Taipei City Government to run the annual Taipei Film Festival. To celebrate the 100th birthday of Japanese director Yasujiro Osu in 2003 HOU Hsiao-Hsien was invited by Shochiku Co. to make a film “Kohi Jikou”(咖啡時光) in Japan with Japanese cast. HOU’s Spot Taipei Film House also ran a retrospective of all of Ozu’s surviving 37 film works.

Honor
2015 The 52th Golden Horse Awards The Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year
2005 The 42th Golden Horse Awards The Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year

Awards
2015 The 52th Golden Horse Awards Best Director "The Assassin"
1995 The 32th Golden Horse Awards Best Director "Good Men, Good Women"
1989 The 26th Golden Horse Awards Best Director "A City of Sadness"
1985 The 22th Golden Horse Awards Best Original Screenplay "The Time to Live and the Time to Die"
1984 The 21th Golden Horse Awards Best Adapted Screenplay "Ah Fei"
1983 The 20th Golden Horse Awards Best Adapted Screenplay "Growing Up"

Nominations
2005 The 42th Golden Horse Awards Best Director Best Director "Three Times"
2005 The 42th Golden Horse Awards Best Director Best Original Screenplay "Three Times"
1998 The 35th Golden Horse Awards Best Director "Flowers of Shanghai"
1996 The 49th Festival de Cannes Flowers of Shanghai Best Director "Men, Good Women"
1985 The 22th Golden Horse Awards Best Director "The Time to Live and the Time to Die"
1985 The 22th Golden Horse Awards Best Leading Actor "Taipei Story"
1984 The 21th Golden Horse Awards Best Director "The Boys from Fengkuei"
1982 The 19th Golden Horse Awards Best Director "Green Green Grass of Home"
1980 The 17th Golden Horse Awards Best Screenplay Adaptation "Good Morning, Taipei"

Filmography:

Year Title
2018 The Boys From Fengkuei (Digital Restoration) 
1984 Nantes Fest. Of Three Continents: grand prize 1984 Cannes Intl. Film Fest. 1984 Hawaii Film Fest. 1984 Nantes Fest. Of Three Continents 1984 London Film Fest. 1984 Asian Pacific Film Fest. 1985 Rotterdam Film Fest. 1985 San Francisco Film Fest. 1985 PIA Film Fesitval, Japan 1987 Amiens Marche Intl du Film 1988 Pesaro Film Fest. 1988 La Rochelle Interntioanl Film Festival, France 1988 Vancouver Intl. Film Fest. 1989 Boston Film Fest. 1991 Toronto Intl. Film Fest.
2018 5x1 
2018 Father to Son 
2018 International Film Festival Rotterdam - Official Selection 2018 The 18th Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival - Competition 2018 The 25th Titanic Budapest International Film Festival - Asian Winds 2018 Taipei Film Festival - Opening Film
2018 Father 
2018 Mirror Image (Digital Restoration) 
2000 Taipei Film Festival Best Feature 2001 The South Taiwan Film & Video Festival 2001 The 25th Hong Kong International Film Festival 2001 The 20th Vancouver International Film Festival, Dragons and Tigers Section, Best New Director Award 2001 The 54th Cannes International Film Festival, Directors' Fortnight Section 2001 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Best Director Award, Best Artistic Achievement Award 2002 The 25th Goteborg Film Festival 2002 The 4th Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2002 The 3rd Jeonju International Film Festival 2002 Aurora Asia Film Festival
2017 Small Talk 
2018 Academy Award - Taiwan Entry for Best Foreign Language Film 2017 Teddy Award, Best Documentary 2017 Nashville Film Festival, Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Filmmaking 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Audience Awards 2016 Golden Horse Nominee, Best Documentary Film 2016 Golden Horse Nominee, Best Editing
2017 Taipei Story (Digital Restoration) 
2017 Missing Johnny 
2017 Golden Horse Awards Best New Performer(Winning),Best New Director(Nomination),Best Original Film Score(Nomination) 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival-Asian New Talent Award: Best Actress (nominated) 2017 Taipei Film Awards-Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Suppporting Actor, Best New Talent 2017 Xining First International Film Festival-Nominated for Best Film and Best Director 2017 Busan International Film Festival-A Window On Asian Cinema 2017 Sao Paulo International Film Festival–New Filmmakers Competition
2015 The Assassin 
2015 Busan International Film Festival -Gala Presentation
2015 Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival - Opening Film
2015 Cannes Film Festival - Best Director, Cannes Soundtrack Award
2014 Hometown Boy 
2013 The Sandwich Man (Digital Restoration) 
2013 A Time to Live and a Time to Die (Digital Restoration) 
1987 International Film Festival Rotterdam - Best Non-American/ Non-European Film
1986 Berlin International Film Festival-FIPRESCI Prize
1985 Golden Horse Awards-Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress
2013 Dust In The Wind (Digital Restoration) 
1987 Festival des 3 Continents-Best Cinematography, Best Score
1987 Troia International Film Festival-Best Director
1987 Tokyo International Film Festival
2013 Beyond Beauty - Taiwan From Above 
2011 10+10 
2011 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Opening Film
2012 Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin Panorama
2010 One Day 
2010 Berlinale-Forum
2010 Taipei Golden Horse Fantasy Film Festival–Closing Film
2010 Vladivostok International Film Festival–Special Jury Prize
2010 Taipei Exchanges 
2010 Taipei Film Festival-Best Music, Audience´s Choice Award
2010 47th Golden Horse Awards-Best Original Film Song
2008 Le Voyage du ballon rouge 
2007 Cannes Film Festival
2007 Locarno Film Festival, Hou Hsiao-Hsien won Golden Leopard Award
2007 Chicago International Film Festival
2008 International Film Festival Rotterdam
2006 Reflections 
2005 THREE TIMES 
2001 MILLENNIUM MAMBO 
2001 The 6th Pusan International Film Festival, A Window on Asian Cinema Section, A Window on Asian Cinema Award
2001 The 21st Hawaii International Film Festival, Golden Maile Awards Competition Section
2001 The 20th Vancouver International Film Festival
2001 The 37th Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Hugo Award
2001 The 28th Gent International Film Festival, Best Director Award
2001 The 54th Cannes International Film Festival, Best Technical Award
2001 The 38th Golden Horse Awards Best Cinematography, Best Original Score. Best Sound Effects
2002 The 31st International Film Festival Rotterdam
2002 The 4th Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema2001 The 45th San Francisco International Film Festival
2002 Karlovy Vary International Film
2002 The 16th Fribourg International Film Festival
1998 FLOWER OF SHANGHAI 
1998 Asia-Pacific Film Festival
• Winner - Best Director (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
• Winner - Best Art Direction (Huang Wen-Ying)
1997 HHH PORTRAIT OF HOU HSIAO-HSIEN 
1996 GOODBYE SOUTH,GOODBYE 
1995 好男好女 
1994 A Borrowed Life 
1993 GROWING UP  
1993 THE PUPPETMASTER  
1992 Dust of Angels 
1990 我愛瑪莉 
1989 A City of Sadness 
1987 Daughter of the Nile 
2016 Berlin International Film Festival-Retrospective - Berlinale Classics
1987 Golden Horse Awards: Best Score
1987 Italy Turin Intl. Fest.: Special Jury Award
1988 Hong Kong Intl. Film Fest.
1988 Cannes Intl. Film Fest.
1988 Pesaro Film Fest.
1988 Jerusalem Film Fest.
1988 La Rochelle International Film Festival
1988 Gijon Intl. Film Fest. for Children & Young People
1988 Edinburgh Film Fest.
1988 Locarno Intl. Film Fest.
1988 The New York Film Fest.
1988 Toronto Intl. Film Fest.
1988 Vancouver Intl. Film Fest.
1988 Mostra Intl.de Cinema
1988 Chicago Intl. Film Fest.
1988 London Film Fest.
1989 Boston Film Fest.?Seattle Intl. Film Fest.
1990 Orleans Cinema Festival, France
1991 Montreal World Film Fest.
1986 Dust in The Wind 
1987 Nantes Fest. Of Three Continents, Best cinematography, Best score.
1987 Hong Kong Intl. Film Fest.
1987 Sydney Flm Fest.
1987 Jerusalem Film Fest.
1987 Troia Intl. Film Fest.
1987 London Film Fest.
1987 Hawaii Film Fest.
1987 Edinburgh Film Fest.
1987 Tokyo Intl. Film Fest.
1987 Toronto Intl. Film Fest.
1987 Mostra Intl.de Cinema
1987 Vancouver Intl. Film Fest.
1987 Montrel International World Film Festival
1987 Asian Pacific Film Fest.
1988 Fest. Intl. de Films Fribourg
1988 Pesaro Film Fest.
1988 La Rochelle Interntioanl Film Festival, France
1990 Chicago Intl. Film Fest.
1990 Asian American Internatinal Film Fesitval
1990 Toronto Intl. Film Fest.: Hou Hsiao-hsian Retrospective
1986 福德正神 
1985 A Time to Live and a Time to Die 
1985 Taipei Story 
1985 My Favorite Season 
1984 A SUMMER AT GRANDPAS 
1984 小爸爸的天空 
1984 AH FEI 
1983 The Sandwich Man 
1983 THAT DAY ON THE BEACH  
1983 The Boys From Fengkuei 
1984 Nantes Fest. Of Three Continents: grand prize
1984 Cannes Intl. Film Fest.
1984 Hawaii Film Fest.
1984 Nantes Fest. Of Three Continents
1984 London Film Fest.
1984 Asian Pacific Film Fest.
1985 Rotterdam Film Fest.
1985 San Francisco Film Fest.
1985 PIA Film Fesitval, Japan
1987 Amiens Marche Intl du Film
1988 Pesaro Film Fest.
1988 La Rochelle Interntioanl Film Festival, France
1988 Vancouver Intl. Film Fest.
1989 Boston Film Fest.
1991 Toronto Intl. Film Fest.
1982 Six Is Company 
1981 Cheerful Wind 
1980 CUTE GIRLS 
2009 International Film Festival Rotterdam
1980 天涼好個秋 
1979 早安台北 
1978 煙波江上 

As Film Director:
1980 Cute Girl
1981 Cheerful Wind
1982 The Green, Green Grass of Home
1983 The Sandwich Man
1983 The Boys from Fengkuei
1984 A Summer at Grandpa's
1985 A Time to Live, A Time to Die
1986 Dust in the Wind
1987 Daughter of the Nile
1989 A City of Sadness
1993 The Puppetmaster
1995 Good Men, Good Women
1996 Goodbye South, Goodbye
1998 Flowers of Shanghai
2001 Millennium Mambo
2003 Café Lumière
2005 Three Times
2007 The Electric Princess House
2008 Flight of the Red Balloon
2011 La Belle Epoque (Segment of the anthology film 10+10)
2015 The Assassin
As Scriptwriter:
1976 The Spring Lake
1978 Love on A Foggy River
   Spring in Autumn
1980 I Came with The Waves
Good Morning, Taipei
Cute Girls
1981 Cheerful Wind
1982 Six Is Company
Green, Green Grass of Home
1983 Growing Up
Ah-Fei
1984 A Summer at Grandpa's
1985 My Favorite Season
Taipei Story
A Time to Live, A Time to Die
1995 The Heartbreak Island
2003 Coffee Jikou
As Film Actor:
1983 The Boys from Fengkuei
1984 I Love Mary
1985 Taipei Story
1986 Soul
1996 Yang±Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema
1997 HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien
2010 I Wish I Knew
2013 Young Style
As Executive Producer and Producer:
1991 Raise the Red Lantern
1992 Dust of Angels
1993 Treasure Island
1994 A Borrowed Life
1995 Heartbreak Island
2000 Mirror Image
2007 Reflection
2010 One Day
2010 Taipei Exchanges
2010 Return Ticket
2011 Hometown Boy
2013 Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above

Update:2018/12/27
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