Ode to Time

by HOU Chi-jan

After four decades, a group of veteran singers gather together again. The songs they wrote when they were young had once changed the fate of the island. However, time took away their youth and changed the island’s soul. Not only a new national identity has formed but so many new music genres have emerged since then. Can the innocent songs they sang back in the old days still be relevant in the new era? Or could they speak for only the souls of a particular generation?

On that memorable night in history, the veteran singers are re-united and sing those beautiful songs they wrote 40 years ago. The unpredictability in life, cruelty of fate and the complicated relations between Taiwan and China are gradually revealed in their singing.


2016 Tokyo International Film Festival - Asian Future


Running Time: 100 mins
Year of Completion: 2016
Director: HOU Chi-jan


HOU Chi-jan

HOU’s career in film began with his first short, Stardust 15749001, which won the Grand Prize at the 2003 Taipei Film Festival. In 2005, his documentary feature Taiwan Black Movies was presented worldwide and nominated for Best Documentary at Golden Horse Awards. In 2010, HOU made his narrative feature debut, One Day, followed by When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep in 2012. His works often convey his reflection on time and memories. Ode to Time is his latest documentary feature.


Aileen LI

LI received two master's degrees in Law and Telecommunication Policy from Northwestern University. The first featured film she produced, Formula 17 (2004), was the highest-grossing Taiwanese film that year. In recent years, she has produced many acclaimed local films such as Young Dudes (2012), When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep (2012), and coordinated the shooting of several high-profile international productions, such as Luc BESSON's Lucy (2014) and John WOO's The Crossing (2014).