The film comprises three love stories set in three historical periods and Taiwan’s two main cities. In “A Time for Love,” Chen meets May in a billiard room in 1966 Kaohsiung. He is about to enlist in the military, and she works in pool-halls. He falls in love with her, yet when on ...(Read more)
The film comprises three love stories set in three historical periods and Taiwan’s two main cities. In “A Time for Love,” Chen meets May in a billiard room in 1966 Kaohsiung. He is about to enlist in the military, and she works in pool-halls. He falls in love with her, yet when on leave from the army, he finds that she has left where they met for an unknown workplace. He has to find her. “A Time for Freedom” is set in 1911, when Taiwan was under Japanese colonial rule. Mr. Chang, an intellectual, travels between Taiwan and China. He frequents a brothel in Taipei and meets a singer-courtesan Ah Mei. He promises to help her leave and take her as his concubine, but in the end he fails to keep his word. “A Time for Youth” takes place in modern Taipei, in 2005. It’s about a messy love triangle between Jing, a depressed epileptic, photographer Zhen, and a bisexual singer Micky. They all hurt one another and suffer from love or a lack thereof.
Three Times combines the three phases of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s previous work. “A Time for Love” is autobiographical, full of affection and tenderness, and nostalgic for the “good old days” of pre-modern Taiwan. It is reminiscent of The Boys from Fengkuei (1983), The Time to Live, the Time to Die (1985) and Dust in the Wind (1986). The magnificent style of “A Time for Freedom” resembles that of Flowers of Shanghai (1998) and evokes Hou’s “Taiwan Trilogy,” which consists of City of Sadness (1989), The Puppetmaster (1993) and Good Men, Good Women (1995). All these films are historically, politically and aesthetically subtle and sophisticated. “A Time for Youth” stands for Hou’s recent attempt to experiment with the topic of youth life in contemporary cities since Millennium Mambo (2001), which launched the “Urban Female Youth Trilogy,” followed by Café Lumière (2002) and Flight of the Red Balloon (2008). Hou’s signature is clear in the three different loves, three lightings and shadows, three sounds and songs, starring the same actors, Shu Qi and Chang Chen.
|Subtitle：||English, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese|
|Actors：||SHU Qi, CHANG Chen, MEI Fang, LIAO Su-Jen, DI Mei, CHEN Shih-Shan, LEE Pei-Hsuan|
|Mark LEE Ping-Bin|
|Editor：||LIAO Ching-Song, HSIAO Ju-Kuan|
Sino Movie Co.
2005 Cannes Film Festival, Official Competition