Taiwan Lecture Series - Summer Term 2017

Taiwan Lecture Series: The Epic Work of Hou Hsiao-Hsien
- Barbara Mittler with Hou Hsiao-hsien and Chu Tien-wen

This course is part of the Taiwan Lecture Series and we are very honored to have Film Maker Hou Hsiao-Hsien and his Script writer Chu Tien-wen with us in May. Everyone is of course welcome to participate in the screenings, students who would like to take the course for credit are required to be present at all screenings and during the marathon day on May 8th as well as the classes leading up to the workshop and finalizing its results afterwards. They are expected to participate actively in the class discussion with Hou Hsiao-hsien and Chu Tien-wen, in Chinese.

Class Requirements

If you are taking the class as an Oberseminar and want FULL CREDITS you will have to do all parts of the requirements. |  

  • Brief class presentation in English of your questions for HHH and CTW on your chosen film. The presentation consists of 1. very short 1-2 minute presentation of the contents of the film with your partner(s) and presentation of your individual questions. This should be based on the readings assigned for the film! Make sure you have done all the readings for your film! We will briefly discuss each of the films (i.e. you will be asked to say a few words each) and how you would like to frame your questions to the artists! We will discuss your questions and then you can rephrase them for posing them to HHH und CTW on May 8th (for that date, you need to prepare these questions in Chinese to be posed in Chinese to him)!
  • Prepare all the readings for all the films and classes and by May 12th, write 5 abstracts about your favorite readings. During class sessions, make sure that you take an active part in the discussions based on your readings! What is an abstract? ca. 1 page of short summary of the readings which contains answers to the following questions:
    a. What is the argument?
    b. What are the materials used? i.e. What is the empirical base for the argument?
    c. What are your own critical thoughts/questions after the reading?
  • You have to be present at all class sessions and film screenings, including the special session with HHH and CTW which we hope to add to the schedule, meeting them over coffee on Sunday, May 7th around 2 pm. If you need to miss a session, please let Barbara Mittler know in advance, then you will have to write an additional abstract of the readings! So those of you who have missed the first class will have to write an additional abstract about the two readings we did for last time. Please send them to Barabra Mittler before next Wednesday (4/26)!
  • You have to write a term paper. Come to Barbara Mittler's office hour after the last session on May 10th to discuss your chosen topic. The paper should be finished by the end of the semester, i.e. July 31st!

Schedule & Readings: (Login to all of the readings with your Uni-ID)

Date: 19.04.2017
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Place: Akademiestraße 4-8, R.201

Introduction to the course


Date: 26.04.2017
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Place: Akademiestraße 4-8, R.201

Discussion of Readings and Preparation for Discussions


Date: 06.05.2017
Time: 19:00
Place: Karlstorbahnhof

Hou Hsiao-hsien - City of SadnessScreening: City of Sadness ( 悲情城市, 157min.,1989)
with an Video Introduction (before the film) by Hou Hsiao-hsien and Chu Tien-wen


Date: 07.05.2017
Time: 16:00
Place: Karlstorbahnhof

Hou Hsiao-hsien - The Puppet MasterScreening: "The Puppetmaster" (戲夢人生, 142 min., 1993)
Video Interlude discussion with Hou Hsiao-hsien and Chu Tien-wen
The AssassinScreening: "The Assassin" (聶隱娘, 106 min., 2015)

戲夢人生 The Puppetmaster, 142 min., 1993

聶隱娘 The Assassin, 106 min, 2015


Film Quarter Marathon with Hou Hsiao-hsien and Chu Tien-wen

08.05.2017 | Institute of Chinese Studies, Akademiestr.4-8, R.201

Time: 09:00 - 09:30 Introduction by Barbara Mittler


I. Taiwan Trilogy
(1. Puppetmaster & 2. City of Sadness in Karlstorbahnhof)

Time: 09:30 - 11:15 Good Men, Good WomenScreening: Good Men, Good Women ( 好男好女, 108 min., 1995)


II. Time Series

Time: 11:15-13:30

Flowers of ShanghaiScreening: "Flowers of Shanghai" (海上花, 113 min., 1998)


Time: 13:30-15:30

Millenium MamboScreening: Millenium Mambo (千禧曼波, 119 min., 2001)


Time: 15:30-17:00

Video Discussion with Hou Hsiao-hsien and Chu Tien-wen on Taiwan Trilogy and Time Series
Time: 17:00-19:00


Coffee Jikou Screening: Coffee Jikou (珈琲時光, 103 min., 2003)


Time: 19:00 - 21:15


Three TimesScreening: Three Times (最好的時光, 120 min., 2005)


Time: 21:15-23:30


Flight of the Red BalloonScreening: Flight of the Red Balloon (紅氣球, 115 min., 2007)

Final Discussion:

Date: 10.05.2017
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Place: Akademiestraße 4-8, R.201

Final Discussion of Readings, Preparation for written Coursework

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