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Hou Hsiao-hsien
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Hou in February 2016 at a screening of The Assassin at the Cinémathèque Française.
Born 8 April 1947 (1947-04-08) (age 74)
Occupation Film director
Screenwriter
Producer
Actor
Spouse(s) Tsao Pao-feng
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Awards Golden Lion :
1989 A City of Sadness
Jury Prize (Cannes Film Festival) :
1993 The Puppetmaster
Leopard of Honour :
2007
Best Director Award (Cannes Film Festival) :
2015 The Assassin
Golden Horse AwardsBest Feature Film
2015 The Assassin
Best Adapted Screenplay
1983 Growing Up
1984 Ah Fei
Best Original Screenplay
1985 The Time to Live and the Time to Die
Best Director
1989 A City of Sadness
1995 Good Men, Good Women
2015 The Assassin
Best Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year
2005 Three Times
2015 The Assassin
Lifetime Achievement Award
2020

Hou Hsiao-hsien
Traditional Chinese 侯孝賢
Simplified Chinese 侯孝贤

Hou Hsiao-hsien (Chinese: 侯孝賢; born 8 April 1947) is a Taiwanese film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. He is a leading figure in world cinema and in Taiwan's New Wave cinema movement. He won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1989 for his film A City of Sadness (1989), and the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 for The Assassin (2015). Other highly regarded works of his include The Puppetmaster (1993) and Flowers of Shanghai (1998).

Hou was voted "Director of the Decade" for the 1990s in a poll of American and international critics by The Village Voice and Film Comment. In a 1998 New York Film Festival worldwide critics' poll, Hou was named "one of the three directors most crucial to the future of cinema." A City of Sadness ranked 117th in the British Film Institute's 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll of the greatest films ever made.

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