The Time to Live and the Time to Die

Tong nian wang shi
by Hou Hsiao-Hsien 2h17min Taïwan 1985
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The Time to Live and the Time to Die
by Hou Hsiao-Hsien

The semi-autobiographical film on director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's childhood and adolescence, when he was growing up in Taiwan, living through the deaths of his father, mother and grandmother.

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[ MP4 HD - Stéréo 2.0 ]


  • Feng Tien : Le père
  • Mei Fang : La mère
  • Ju-Yun Tang : La grand-mère
  • And with: An-Shun Yu, Hsiao Ai, Shu-fen Hsin


  • Director Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  • Scenario Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  • Photo director Pingbin Li
  • Set Design Chung-Wen Lin
  • Costume Design Ching-Wen Chu
  • Editing Chi-Yang Wang
  • Original music Chu-Chu Wu
  • Producer Teng-Fei Lin
  • Production Compagny CMPC - Central Motion Pictures Corporation
  • Distributor Carlotta Films

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,85:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1985
  • Release date for France08/15/1999
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageChinese
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