Tong nien wang shi (A Time to Live and a Time to Die)
Tong nien wang shi (A Time to Live and a Time to Die) (1985)

One of Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's best-known films, this semi-autobiographical drama follows the childhood and teenage years of a young man named Ah-ha, as he comes of age in the Taiwan countryside. Though born on the Chinese… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1985
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

[A] delicate, haunted drama, from 1986, in which the director Hou Hsiao-hsien conjures his reminiscences of childhood and adolescence in a remote Taiwan village in the nineteen-forties and fifties.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A near-masterpiece.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Interesting look at a family's daily life in the Taiwan of 50 years ago.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Moving and memorable, and more accessible than some of the director's other work

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wonderfully crafted film that depicts childhood in a very simple but relevant manner.

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Stella Dallas
poetically filmed and touching coming of age story based on hou's family's experience coming from the mainland to taiwan during the war. at first… More