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A Contradiction Between Time and Love – Director Hou Hsiao-hsien Announced Retirement
It was reported that the award-winning director Hou Hsiao-hsien has decided to stop making movies as his dementia worsens.
Such news resulted in extensive consternation. As one of the most renowned directors of Chinese language films, Hou Hsiao-hsien was reported to be preparing On The Shulan River following his last success The Assassin in 2015. 
  A still of The Assassin
Hou Hsiao-hsien's film career started from the period of the Healthy Realism in Taiwan, China, which can be proven from his first three works. In 1983, he co-directed The Sandwich Man and independently directed The Boys from Fengkuei, which is considered one of the starters of the "New Taiwanese Films" in Chinese film history.
In 1989, Hou Hsiao-hsien directed the historical film A City of Sadness, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, also the first film from Taiwan, China wining the supreme award on the global scale. The restored version of the film was also screened at this year's BJIFF, with its tickets sold out in just six seconds in each of the three screenings.
  A still of A City of Sadness
Producer Chiu Fu-sheng and editor Liao Ching-song from A City of Sadness, and Arthur Chu, a senior filmmaker, shared their thoughts and experience in film shooting. 
Arthur Chu said that director Hou Hsiao-hsien is undergoing some health problems. But he is still preparing for his new work On The Shulan River. He also mentioned that the name A City of Sadness was actually originated from an old song of Taiwan, China, probably from the 1950s and 60s, namely A Sad City. It was when he heard this song that he started to conceptualize the film. It is known that director Hou Hsiao-hsien loves singing. After the awards ceremony, he invited a lot of friends to street stalls to join him signing. He also once released an album of Taiwanese songs.
  Meet-and-greet with cast & crew of A City of Sadness
  at the Beijing Film Panorama of the 13th BJIFF
Although Hou Hsiao-hsien has never been to the BJIFF, his works are regular features for us. In addition to his masterpieces like A City of Sadness, The Boys from Fengkuei, and Three Times, his Daughter of the Nile, a film unpopular to us, was also screened at the BJIFF.
The Daughter of the Nile, the first work of Hou Hsiao-hsien based on the city, had been unknown for long. However, after the restoration by Taiwan Film & Audiovisual Institute, the restored version was enrolled for the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, and was screened at the BJIFF at this very beginning of spring. Taipei Story, starring Hou Hsiao-hsien and directed by Edward Yang, was also screened at the BJIFF, fully showcasing his charisma as a filmmaker in different ways.
  A still of Taipei City
  at the “Beijing Film Panorama” of the 6th BJIFF
As stated by his family, he barely had time to take care of his family life in his years of devotion to the film industry; however, although he was sick, had finally stepped down from the “altar of film”, becoming a "human being" who could be accompanied by his family.
Perhaps he was not able to make new films, but, as the statement read, "his works were extensively recognized at home and abroad and most of them became classics that will be remembered forever, just as his attitude and spirit that will be upheld by his comrades and fans". Although he will not be able to shoot films alone, his film company will continue to safeguard the future of Chinese-language films in another form.
We wish him to enjoy his twilight years in peace with his family. It is the duty and responsibility of younger generations to earn glories on filmmaking.