The Time to Live and the Time to Die

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A Time to Live, A Time to Die
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Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Written by Chu Tien-wen
Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Starring You An-shun
Tien Feng
Xin Shufen
Music by Wu Chu-chu
Cinematography Mark Lee Ping-Bin
Distributed by Central Motion Pictures Corporation
Release dates 1985
Running time 138 minutes
Country Taiwan
Language Mandarin/Hakka Chinese/Taiwanese

The Time to Live and the Time to Die (also known as A Time to Live, A Time to Die; Chinese: 童年往事; pinyin: Tóngnián wǎngshì, lit. "Incidents from a Childhood Past") is a 1985 film directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. This film is inspired by screenwriter-turned-director Hou's own coming-of-age story.

This film is the second part of Hou's coming-of-age trilogy, preceded by A Summer at Grandpa's (1984) and followed by Dust in the Wind (1986).


Spanning the years 1947-1965, the film follows the maturation of Ah-ha (Ah-hsiao) as he and his family (parents, grandmother, older sister, three brothers) cope with the shock of leaving their homeland (the grandmother keeps talking about returning to the mainland to visit the ancestors). Having been only a child during the move, Ah-ha quickly acclimatize himself to the new country, often putting him at odds with his more traditional family; he joins a street gang and has to choose between that life and taking the college entrance exam.


  • Chia-bao Chang
  • Neng Chang
  • Chih-chen Chen
  • Han-wen Chen
  • Shu-fang Chen
  • Bao-te Chiang
  • Tung-hung Chou
  • Ai Hsiao
  • Hsiang-ping Hu
  • Tung-lai Kao
  • Chung-wen Lin
  • Kuo-bao Liu
  • Cheng-ye Lo
  • Shun-lin Lo
  • Tse-chung Lo


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