Directed： by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Written： by Chu Tien-wen & Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Music： by Wu Chu-chu
Cinematography： Mark Lee Ping-Bin
Distributed by Central Motion Pictures Corporation
Release date(s)： 1985
Running time： 138 minutes
The Time to Live and the Time to Die is a 1985 film directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. This film is inspired by screenwriter-turned-director Hou's own coming-of-age story.
This film is the second part of Hou's coming-of-age trilogy, preceded by A Summer at Grandpa's (1984) and followed by Dust in the Wind (1986).
Spanning the years 1947-1960, the film follows the maturation of Ah-ha as he and his family cope with the shock of leaving their homeland. Having been only a child during the move, Ah-ha quickly acclimates himself to the new country, often putting him at odds with his more traditional family.
1986 Berlin International Film Festival Forum of New Cinema
Won: FIPRESCI Prize
1987 Rotterdam International Film Festival
Won: Rotterdam Award – Best Non-American/Non-European Film
1990 Kinema Junpo Awards
Won: Best Foreign Language Film Director – Hou Hsiao-hsien