“A masterpiece. This is why cinema exists.”—New York Times
“Hou Hsiao-hsien is not only the crowning jewel of contemporary Taiwanese cinema, but an international treasure,” says director Jim Jarmusch. Featured at the Walker during his 2000 retrospective, Hou (Flowers of Shanghai, Millennium Mambo) delivers one of the year’s most beautiful and romantic movies. Using the same actors (Shu Qi and Chang Chen) in three distinct stories, the film evokes a sentimental tale of three incarnations of an unfinished love set in important eras in Taiwanese history—1911, 1966, and 2005. 2005, Taiwan, color, 35mm, in Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles, 135 minutes.