LanguageMandarin/Hakka Chinese WriterChu Tien-wen, Hou Hsiao-Hsien Release date1984 Film seriesHous coming-of-age Film Series CastEdward Yang, Mei Fang, Lai-Yin Yang, Chi-kuang Wang, Yen Zheng Guo Similar moviesDirected by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Set in Taiwan, Dramas
A Summer at Grandpa's (Chinese: 冬冬的假期; pinyin: Dōng dōng de jiàqī) is a 1984 film directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien.
This film is inspired by screenwriter Chu T’ien-wen's childhood memories, and the first part of Hou's coming-of-age trilogy, followed by The Time to Live and the Time to Die (1985) and Dust in the Wind (1986).
A young boy, Dong-Dong and his sister spend a summer vacation at their grandparents' house in the country while their mother recuperates from an illness; they while away the hours climbing trees, swimming in a stream, searching for missing cattle, and coming uneasily to grips with the enigmatic and sometimes threatening realities of adult life.
A Summer at Grandpa's continues to receive positive reviews from critics. Of four reviews counted by Rotten Tomatoes, all were favorable.
The film won the Jury Prize at Locarno in 1985 and the Golden Montgolfiere at the 1985 Nantes Three Continents Festival.