Three Times

Three Times

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Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Cast: Chang Chen

     
 
Millennium Mambo director Hou Hsiao-hsien explores the ever-changing cycle of love in this collection of three romantic stories set in 1911, 1966, and 2005 and utilizing the same actors in all three tales. In "A Time for Love," a fresh-faced soldier boy named Chen (Chang Chen) searches for a pool hall hostess named May (Shu Qi) who captured his heart before

Overview

Millennium Mambo director Hou Hsiao-hsien explores the ever-changing cycle of love in this collection of three romantic stories set in 1911, 1966, and 2005 and utilizing the same actors in all three tales. In "A Time for Love," a fresh-faced soldier boy named Chen (Chang Chen) searches for a pool hall hostess named May (Shu Qi) who captured his heart before disappearing into the crowd. The second tale, set against the backdrop of the Japanese occupation of Taiwan and entitled "A Time for Freedom," finds an elegant courtesan tending to a young intellectual in a lavish brothel. The trilogy draws to a close with a segment entitled "A Time for Youth" in which a present-day Taipei singer who is also an epileptic neglects her female lover to seek the romantic attentions of a talented photographer.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2006
UPC:
0796019795401
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Ifc
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:15:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shu Qi May,May (1966)/Ah Mei (1911)/Jing (2005),Courtesan
Chang Chen Chen
Lee Pei-hsuan Moon,Micky
Huange Ruo-shi Billiard Girl
Liao Ling-tzu Passanger,Servant
Lin Li-chung Son of Ma'am
Hsu Bei-de Billiard Friends,Young Mr. Su,Skeet
Wang Chih-cheng Billiard Friends,Broker
Chen Chiang-hao Billiard Friends
Liu Yen-po Billiard Friends
Hsu Hui-ni Billiard Friends
Lu Fu-han Billiard Friends
Hung Chi-feng Billiard Friends
Huang Yi-ha Billiard Friends
Hsiao Hung-yi Billiard Friends
Yu Yu-chun Billiard Friends
Wang We-liu Billiard Friends
Hwarng Yung-cheng Billiard Friends
Ke Yu-luan Actor
Change Chen Mr. Chang
Jojo Wu Courtesans
Chiang Chen-feng Courtesans
Chen Yi-hsuan Courtesans
Tramy Courtesans
Hsiao Ya-Chuan Martin
Hsias Shao-yu Poet
Wu Chao-min Poet
Chang Da-Long Poet
Chen His-huang Chinese Doctor
Wang Wei-liu Housekeeper
Shu Kuo-chih Mr. Sui
Fan Chen-kuo Lawyer
Lin Chia-yu Litter Girl
Lee Chuan-tsan Mr. Chang's Housekeeper
Lin Shin-nan Music Teacher
Mei Fang Grandma
Di Mei Aunt
Liao Su-jen Jing's Mother
Chen Shih-shan Blue
Kao Mon-hsin Uncle
Ling Shiou-may Aunt
Kao Chia-yu Cousin-In-Law
Huang Chiung-yu Cousin-in-law
Chang Yu-shu Aunt
Liu Kay-lun Lomo King
Hsieh Ching-han K-B-N
Jerry Bruckheimer Films K-B-N
E. Ray Bobo K-B-N
Wu Wen-yu Mickey's Roommates
Chen Lei-an Mickey's Roommaters
Spudder Friends

Technical Credits
Hou Hsiao-Hsien Director,Producer
Wang Chi-chung Art Director
Cuo Chia-feng Casting
Liao Ching-song Executive Producer
Lin Ciong Score Composer
Tiu Du-che Sound/Sound Designer
Tu Duu-chih Sound/Sound Designer
Lin Hsiao-fang Asst. Director
Chang Hua-fu Producer
Li Kuo-yuan Score Composer
Chou Pei-yi Casting
Mark Lee Ping-bing Cinematographer
Liao Su-jen Makeup
Chu T'ien-wen Screenwriter
Chu Tien-wen Screenwriter
Hwamg Wem-ying Producer
Hwang Wern-ying Executive Producer,Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Three Times
1. Kaohsiun, 1966 [4:21]
2. Time for Love [5:22]
3. How the Love Song Goes [12:40]
4. Time Flies [4:59]
5. Searching for May [7:06]
6. Long Time No See [7:59]
7. Dadaocheng, 1911 [5:07]
8. A Time for Freedom [4:21]
9. The Next Day [8:19]
10. Six Days Later [6:26]
11. One Month Later [9:29]
12. A Question of Plans [1:48]
13. The Wuchang Uprising [3:34]
14. Taipei, 2005 [9:10]
15. A Picture Show [12:19]
16. Suspicious Behavior [10:02]
17. A Rendezvous [3:11]
18. One Missed Call [10:18]
19. End Credits [3:15]

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Three Times 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THREE TIMES (Zui hao de shi guang) is so frank a film that the viewer may get lost looking for the hidden meanings in this century traversal of lovers' interactions in China. Not one for simple linear filmmaking, director Hsiao-hsien Hou instead opts for mood and suggestion and leaves the paucity of dialog to make room for emotional involvement and response. Three periods - 1966 A Time for Love, 1911 A Time for Freedom, and 2005 A Time for Youth - are depicted with the same main characters, Qi Shu and Chen Chang, who prove to be exceptionally sensitive to the concept from the director: with each new tale these fine actors mold new characters and questions and yet allow us to see a line of similarity in the couples as the director has suggested. The film wisely opens with the most successful of the three 'Times' - 1966 A Time for Love - - tracing the emergence of timid passion between a lad headed for the military and a young girl who works in a pool hall. They communicate by letters after their first brief introductory encounter and circumstances interfere with the progress of their relationship in 1966 Taiwan. The middle section 1911 A Time for Freedom is gorgeous visually and conceptually the director has elected to use the cinematic form of the period (silent movie) to tell his story about the freeing of a young girl from the grip of a brothel madam and surveys the political tensions between Japan and China as the quietly lighted story of love and yearning unfolds. The film ends with 2005 A Time for Youth and here our lovers are caught up in the pollution of smog, cellphones, emails, nightclubs, and infidelities for same sex affairs that speak loudly about the tenor of the times. Hsiao-hsien Hou's films are an acquired taste and many will find the choppy editing, the fragmentary scenes that are not always well focused for the story line, and the over-long length (130 minutes) too much to endure. But the ideas are fresh and the characters and vignettes are memorable, and most of the major critics in the media have lavished praise on this film. It is an interesting work but for this viewer there are enough flaws to keep it grounded. Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago