With an introduction by Amy Taubin
Dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien. 2005, 135 mins. 35mm. With Shu Qi, Chang Chen. In three segments, set respectively in 1966, 1911, and 2005, Hou depicts three love stories between three sets of characters (played each time by Shu Qi and Chang Chen), under three different periods of Taiwanese history and governance. The 1966 segment has a soldier falling for a pool hall girl, the 1911 segment is set in a brothel, and the 2005 segment features a bisexual female pop singer and a photographer—the cumulative effect is that of a summation of Hou’s career to date. “The resonance of these combined stories, their differences and similarities, their quietness and seeming simplicity, left me in a near dream-state—something that only happens to me after the most striking cinematic experiences.”–Jim Jarmusch
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