Three Times

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There are three stories of women and men: in "A Time for Love" set in 1966, a soldier searches for a young woman he met one afternoon playing pool; "A Time for Freedom," set in a bordello in 1911, revolves around a singer's longing to escape her surroundings; in "A Time for Youth" set in 2005 Taipei, a triangle in which a singer has an affair with a photographer while her partner suffers is dramatized. In the first two stories, letters are crucial to the outcome; in the third, it's cell-phone calls, text messages, and a computer file. Over the years between the tales, as sexual intimacy becomes more likely and words more free, communication recedes.

  1. Hou Hsiao-Hsien

    Author, Director

  2. T'ien-wen Chu


Top Billed Cast

  1. Shu Qi

    Shu Qi

    May / Ah Mei / Jing

  2. Chang Chen

    Chang Chen

    Chen / Mr. Chang / Zhen

  3. MF

    Mei Fang

    Alte Frau

  4. SL

    Su-jen Liao

    Madam / Jings Mutter

  5. MD

    Mei Di

    Mays Mutter / Madam

  6. SC

    Shi-Zheng Chen

    Haruko / Ah Mei

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Movie Data


Original Title Zui hao de shi guang

Status Released

Original Language Mandarin

Runtime 2h 16m

Budget -

Revenue -


Release Information

  • May 20, 2005



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