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Three Times features different characters played by the same two actors in three episodes set in different years and different eras, 1966, 1911 and 2005, illustrating director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's central theme of love and emotion.

Three Times features different characters played by the same two actors in three episodes set in different years and different eras, 1966, 1911 and 2005, illustrating director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's central theme of love and emotion.

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The great Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s latest work, Three Times is a beautiful and lyrical film, regarded by some critics as the best film shown at that year's Cannes Film Festival.

It features two of Asia’s biggest stars, Shu Qi and Chang Chen. They play different characters in three episodes set in different years and different eras, 1966, 1911 and 2005. The central theme is love and emotion: in this film Hou Hsiao-Hsien is commenting on our different expressions of love in different times.

Episode 1 1966, Kaohsiung: A Time For Love (‘Lian’ai meng’)
Chen (Chang Chen) meets May (Shu Qi), who works at his favourite pool-hall. They play pool together, soon after he enlists for national service. 
Episode 2 1911, Dadaocheng: A Time For Freedom (‘Ziyou meng’)
The owner of a tea plantation and his son discuss buying out a young courtesan’s contract. 
Episode 3 2005, Taipei: A Time For Youth ('Qingchun meng’)
Epileptic and losing sight in her right eye, Jing (Shu Qi) is a singer in present day Taipei and lives with her mother and grandmother and also has a woman lover: Micky. 

The actors carry each self-contained episode beautifully and give performances that are both tender and deeply moving, whilst the luminous images and use of music (for example The Platters recording of ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’) are astounding.

The great Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s latest work, Three Times is a beautiful and lyrical film, regarded by some critics as the best film shown at that year's Cannes Film Festival.

It features two of Asia’s biggest stars, Shu Qi and Chang Chen. They play different characters in three episodes set in different years and different eras, 1966, 1911 and 2005. The central theme is love and emotion: in this film Hou Hsiao-Hsien is commenting on our different expressions of love in different times.

Episode 1 1966, Kaohsiung: A Time For Love (‘Lian’ai meng’)
Chen (Chang Chen) meets May (Shu Qi), who works at his favourite pool-hall. They play pool together, soon after he enlists for national service. 
Episode 2 1911, Dadaocheng: A Time For Freedom (‘Ziyou meng’)
The owner of a tea plantation and his son discuss buying out a young courtesan’s contract. 
Episode 3 2005, Taipei: A Time For Youth ('Qingchun meng’)
Epileptic and losing sight in her right eye, Jing (Shu Qi) is a singer in present day Taipei and lives with her mother and grandmother and also has a woman lover: Micky. 

The actors carry each self-contained episode beautifully and give performances that are both tender and deeply moving, whilst the luminous images and use of music (for example The Platters recording of ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’) are astounding.

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SKU 5021866327303
Catalogue Number ART327DVD
Subtitle a film by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Product contents 1 disc
Year 2005
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Artificial Eye
Countries Taiwan
Aspect ratio Enhanced for widescreen TVs
Colour Colour
Sound Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English
Language(s) Mandarin & Taiwanese
Running time 116 mins
DVD region 2
Certificate 15

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