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A Summer at Grandpa's (1984)

Dong dong de jiàqi (original title)
| Drama | 1984 (Taiwan)
A coming-of-age story about a young brother and sister whom spend a pivotal summer in the country with their grandparents.

Director:

Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Writers:

T'ien-wen Chu (screenplay), T'ien-wen Chu (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chi-Kuang Wang Chi-Kuang Wang ... Tung-Tung
Shu-Chen Li ... Ting-Ting
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hsiu-Ling Lin Hsiu-Ling Lin
Mei-Feng Mei-Feng
Nai-Chu Ting Nai-Chu Ting ... Tung-Tung's mother
Edward Yang
Li-Yin Yang
Cheng-Kuo Yen ... A kid
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Storyline

When a young brother and sister spend a pivotal summer away from home, they are changed. Ting-Ting and Tung-Tung (Wang Qiguang) are children of the city, but when their mother is struck ill, they must leave Taipei, Taiwan, behind and spend the summer with their grandfather and grandmother (Mei Fang) in the country. As they wile away the days at play, the elder Tung-Tung is garnering glimpses of adult responsibility and is slowly growing to realize what it means to be a grownup. Written by Burly.

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Hakka | Mandarin | Shanghainese

Release Date:

1984 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Taiwan

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This film is inspired by screenwriter Chu Tien-wen's childhood memories. It is the first installment of director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's "Coming-of-Age Trilogy" that features three prominent Taiwanese screenwriters' coming-of-age stories - the other two are A Time to Live and a Time to Die (1985) (inspired by the coming-of-age story of Hou Hsiao-Hsien, who is a screenwriter-turned-director) and Dust in the Wind (1986) (inspired by the coming-of-age story of Wu Nien-Jen). See more »

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Quite a delightful little film
30 August 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

When their mother is forced to stay in the hospital for a prolonged period of time, Ting-Ting (a four year old girl) and Tung-Tung (an eleven year old boy) are taken by their uncle to spend the summer with their grandfather, a doctor in a small, rural town. There are some cliches in the film. The strict, imposing grandfather who at first doesn't seem to like the kids (I saw this just last week in Ford's Wee Willie Winkie) and the crazy lady who later saves one of the children's lives come quickly to mind. A scene where Ting-Ting gives her stuffed animal to a recovering patient of her grandfather's made me cringe a bit. But other than that, it's a rather wonderful movie. The two children in particular are fantastic. When Tung-Tung first meets up with local children, they have a battle between his remote control car and another boy's pet turtle (probably not the best scene to watch if you're a member of PETA, however). In another scene, the boys race their turtles. And there are more. The uncle, kind of the black sheep of the family, has a good subplot, as well. Edward Yang, the director of Yi Yi, has a small role as the children's father. It's too bad this of all of Hou's movies is unavailable. I only liked Flowers of Shanghai better. 8/10.


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