A Summer at Grandpa's

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A Summer at Grandpa's
Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Written by Chu Tien-wen
Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Music by Edward Yang
Cinematography Chen Kunhou
Release dates
Running time
94 minutes
Country Taiwan
Language Mandarin/Hakka Chinese

A Summer at Grandpa's (Chinese: 冬冬的假期; pinyin: Dōng dōng de jiàqī) is a 1984 film directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

This film is inspired by screenwriter Chu Tien-wen's childhood memories, and the first part of Hou's coming-of-age trilogy, followed by The Time to Live and the Time to Die (1985) and Dust in the Wind (1986).


A young boy, Dong-Dong and his sister spend a summer vacation at their grandparents' house in the country while their mother recuperates from an illness; they while away the hours climbing trees, swimming in a stream, searching for missing cattle, and coming uneasily to grips with the enigmatic and sometimes threatening realities of adult life.

Critical reception[edit]

IMDb 7.9/10 Rotten Tomatoes 88% (Audience)


The film won the Jury Prize at Locarno in 1985 and the Golden Montgolfiere at the 1985 Nantes Three Continents Festival.

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