Three Times

Three Times


Three Times

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Three Times (最好的時光; Zuì hǎo de shí guāng; lit. 'Best of Times') is a 2005 Taiwan film directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. It features three chronologically separate stories of love between May and Chen, set in 1911, 1966 and 2005, using the same lead actors, Shu Qi and Chang Chen.

The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and received positive reviews.


Three Times was originally meant to be an omnibus collection of short films, with Hou Hsiao-hsien directing only one of the segments. The producers were unable to rustle the financing to be able to hire three directors, so instead, Hou took over production.


A Time for Love

(Chinese: 戀愛夢; pinyin: liàn ài mèng) Set in Kaohsiung in 1966, with dialogue in Taiwanese Hokkien.

A Time for Freedom

(Chinese: 自由夢; pinyin: zì yóu mèng) Set in Dadaocheng in 1911, with dialogue presented only through on-screen captions.

A Time for Youth

(Chinese: 青春夢; pinyin: qīng chūn mèng) Set in Taipei in 2005, with dialogue in Mandarin.

Critical reception

Three Times received generally positive, sometimes ecstatic reviews when it was released in North America. It currently holds an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 86% among the 'Cream of the Crop.' Most critics agreed that the opening segment, A Time for Love, was the most successful, and that the final segment, A Time for Youth...
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