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Hou Hsiao-Hsien
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Birth Date:April 8, 1947
Astrology Sign:Aries
Chinese Sign:Pig - Yin
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Occupation:Film/TV Director

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Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Biography:Hou Hsiao-Hsien (born April 8, 1947) is an award-winning film director and a leading figure of Taiwan's New Wave cinema movement. He was born in Meixian, Guangdong province of China in 1947. He and his family fled the Chinese Civil War to Taiwan the following year. Hou was educated at the National Taiwan Academy of the Arts.

Hou generally makes rigorously minimalist dramas dealing with the upheavals of the Taiwanese (and occasionally larger Chinese) history of the past century by viewing its impacts on individuals or small groups of characters. A City of Sadness (1989), for example, portrays a family caught in conflicts between the local Taiwanese and the newly arrived Chinese Nationalist government after World War II. It was groundbreaking for broaching this long-taboo subject and became a major success despite its seemingly uncommercial nature.

His storytelling is oblique and his style marked by extreme long takes with minimal camera movement but intricate choreography of actors and space within the frame. He uses extensive improvisation to arrive at the final shape of his scenes and the low-key, naturalistic acting of his performers. Without abandoning this famous austerity, his imagery has developed a sensual beauty during the 1990s, partly under the influence of his collaboration with cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bin. Hou's consistent screenwriting collaborator since the mid-1980s has been the renowned author Chu Tien-Wen. He has also cast revered puppeteer Li Tien-Lu as an actor in several of his movies, most notably The Puppetmaster (1993), which is based on Li's life.

Hou's films have been awarded best film and/or best director awards from prestigious international festivals such as the Venice Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival and the Nantes Three Continents Festival. Six of his films to date have been nominated for the Palme d'Or (best film award) at the Cannes Film Festival, though the prize has so far eluded him. Hou was voted "Director of the Decade" for the 1990s in a poll of American and international critics put together by The Village Voice and Film Comment. Despite such acclaim, his work remains rarely distributed in the West outside of the film festival circuit.

He directed the Japanese film Café Lumière (2003) for the Shochiku studio as an homage to Yasujiro Ozu, one of Hou's primary influences; it premiered at a festival commemorating the centenary of Ozu's birth. The film deals with themes reminiscent of Ozu - tensions between parents and children and between tradition and modernity - in Hou's typically indirect manner. In 2005 his film Three Times - which features three stories of love set in 1911, 1966 and 2005 using the same actors - was the latest to be nominated for a Palme d'Or; it received glowing reviews instead.

Hou has also had some acting experience, appearing as the lead in fellow Taiwanese New Wave auteur Edward Yang's 1984 film, Taipei Story. Hou starred as Lung, a former Little-League baseball star who is stuck operating an old-style fabric business, longing for his past days of glory. Lung becomes alienated from his wife and tries to find his way in the city of Taipei.

Chinese Horoscope for Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Includes characteristics and Vices
Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: January 22, 1947 - February 09, 1948
Birthday: April 8, 1947

The Pig is a Yin,
and is the Twelfth sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
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Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Personality Tarot Card The Lovers - Personality Card

Birthday: April 8, 1947

A relationship or love affair with a trial or choice involved.

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Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Growth Tarot Card Judgement

Birthday: April 8, 2024

Completion of the karmic cycle; reaping rewards, or otherwise, for past actions.




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