Millennium Mambo (2001)

HSIAO-HSIEN HOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Qian Xi Man Po Taiwan/France, 2001.  3H Productions, Orly Films, Paradis Films, Sinomovie.  Screenplay by T’ien-wen Chu.  Cinematography by Ping Bin Lee.  Produced by T’ien-wen Chu, Eric Heumann.  Music by Yoshihiro Hanno, Kai-yu Huang, Giong Lim.  Production Design by Wen-Ying Huang, Chih-cheng Wang.  Film Editing by Ching-Song Liao.  Cannes Film Festival 2001.  European Film…

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The Assassin (2015)

HSIAO-HSIEN HOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Nie yin niang Taiwan/China/Hong Kong/France, 2015.  Central Motion Pictures, China Dream Film Culture Industry, Media Asia Films, Sil-Metropole Organisation, SpotFilms, Zhejiang Huace Film & TV.  Screenplay by Cheng Ah, T’ien-wen Chu, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Hai-Meng Hsieh, based on the story by Xing Pei.  Cinematography by Ping Bin Lee.  Produced by Hsiao-Hsien…

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Flowers Of Shanghai (1998)

HSIAO-HSIEN HOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Hai shang Hua Taiwan/Japan, 1998.  3H Productions, Shochiku Company.  Screenplay by Eileen Chang, T’ien-wen Chu, Bangqing Han.  Cinematography by Ping Bin Lee.  Produced by Shozo Ichiyama, Teng-Kuei Yang.  Music by Yoshihiro Hanno, Duu-Chih Tu.  Production Design by Wen-Ying Huang.  Film Editing by Ching-Song Liao.  Cannes Film Festival 1998.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.   Four brothels in late nineteenth-century…

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A City Of Sadness (1989)

HSIAO-HSIEN HOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Beiqing Chengshi Hong Kong/Taiwan, 1989.  3-H Films, ERA International.  Screenplay by T’ien-wen Chu, Nien-Jen Wu.  Cinematography by Huai-en Chen.  Produced by Fu-Sheng Chiu.   Overly convoluted plot is so confusing that even those with an extensive knowledge of Taiwan’s political history will have trouble following the action. The story focuses on…

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Cafe Lumiere (2003)

HSIAO-HSIEN HOU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Kohi Jiko Japan/Taiwan, 2003.  Shochiku Company, Asahi Shimbun, Sumitomo Corporation, Eisei Gekijo, Imagica Corp..  Screenplay by Hsiao-Hsien Hou, T’ien-wen Chu.  Cinematography by Ping Bin Lee.  Produced by Ching-Song Liao, Hideji Miyajima, Fumiko Osaka, Ichiro Yamamoto.  Music by Yosui Inoue.  Production Design by Toshiharu Aida.  Costume Design by Kazumi Hoshino, Yoji Yamada.  Film Editing by Ching-Song Liao.  Toronto…

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