From September 8th through 29th, the Austin Asian American Film Festival and Austin Film Society present “Reality in Long Shots: A Hou Hsiao-hsien Retrospective,” a series of screenings at the AFS Cinema showcasing the Taiwanese master described as “the world’s greatest narrative filmmaker” (J. Hoberman, Village Voice).

These six films—five of them currently undistributed in the U.S.—demonstrate Hou’s mastery of the long take and the breadth of his subject matter, from autobiographical reminiscences to the demimonde of late imperial China to the repressed traumas of Taiwanese history. Peggy Chiao, one of Taiwan’s preeminent film scholars, will also be on hand for a rare screening of Hou’s classic A CITY OF SADNESS.

The Boys from Fengkuei

“Reality in Long Shots” is an unmissable chance to see these films on the big screen and discover the genius that has inspired directors as varied as Olivier Assayas, Barry Jenkins, Jia Zhangke, Koreeda Hirokazu, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.


THE BOYS FROM FENGKUEI (1983) Saturday, September 8th, 7 P.M.

THE TIME TO LIVE AND THE TIME TO DIE (1985) Tuesday, September 11th, 6:30 P.M.

GOODBYE SOUTH, GOODBYE (1996) Saturday, September 15th, 1 P.M.

MILLENNIUM MAMBO (2001) Tuesday, September 18th, 6:30 P.M.

FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI (1998) Saturday, September 22nd, 7:00 P.M.

A CITY OF SADNESS (1989) Saturday, September 29th, 7:00 P.M.


This series made possible by a Spotlight Taiwan grant from the Taiwan Ministry of Culture, with assistance from the Taiwan Academy in Houston.


A City of Sadness