Irish Film Institute -EAFFI 2018: THREE TIMES


Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien

120 mins, France-Taiwan, 2005, 35mm. Subtitled.

This film screened 7th April 2018.

Made twenty years after Mark Lee Ping-Bing’s first collaboration with Hou Hsiao-Hsien on A Time to Live, a Time to Die, Three Times is an astoundingly beautiful film. A trilogy of love stories with only two actors, Chang Chen and Shu Qi, each is an exquisite portrayal of Taiwanese lovers in three distinct time periods, with three distinct stories: A Time for Love set in 1966, A Time for Freedom set in 1911, and A Time for Youth, set in Taipei in 2005. The three films connect seamlessly, each part working in contrast to the last, yet collectively forming a kind of meditation. Each story’s unique colours, languorous tempo and long fluid takes put us in a dream-state.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing.

Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard.

Screening as part of the East Asian Film Festival Ireland 2018. For full details of the festival, please visit

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