A Summer at Grandpa's

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A Summer at Grandpa's
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Written by Chu T’ien-wen
Hou Hsiao-hsien
Music by Edward Yang
Cinematography Chen Kunhou
Release date
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 T’ien-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 response[edit]

A Summer at Grandpa's continues to receive positive reviews from critics. Of four reviews counted by Rotten Tomatoes, all were favorable.


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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