Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hou Hsiao-Hsien

A Time to Live, A Time to Die

A depiction of childhood maturity drawing heavily upon Hou's own youth. Many who moved from mainland China to Taiwan in the 1940's, like Hou's family, were unable to ever return. "A Time To Live and a Time To Die" focuses on the widening generation gap in a family shamefully cut off from its cultural roots. There is an overall reference to a lack of respect for elders and education - two very strong traditions of Chinese upbringing.

Often quoted as ranking with the very best of Bresson and Ozu. Meandering, episodic and deceptively detached in tone, "A Time To Live and a Time To Die" is quite probably Hou Hsiao-Hsien's most daring formal experiment, as well as--surprisingly his most moving film to date.

Perhaps the first film I've seen where I felt emotional attachment and empathy.  

Friday, April 22, 2011


Mallory is a stylist in Los Angeles.  Her mix of chiffon and leather is great in this photo.