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HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien


Dir. Olivier Assayas. 1997, 91 mins. Digibeta. With Hou Hsiao-hsien, Chu Tien-wen.

French director Assayas, a longtime friend and admirer of Hou’s, created this affectionate and probing portrait of the filmmaker for the French TV series Cinema de Notre Temps. An unpretentious and casual-tough figure, Hou shows the scenes of his childhood, source of his early, autobiography-based films, and hits up a karaoke bar with members of the Goodbye South, Goodbye cast. Hou’s longtime scriptwriter and collaborator Chu Tien-wen also appears, while Taiwanese critic Chen Kuo-fu provides a historical and aesthetic context for their groundbreaking work together.

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