Good Men, Good Women

Good Men, Good Women

DVD cover
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Produced by Katshuhiro Mizuno
Written by T'ien-wen Chu
Starring Annie Shizuka Inoh
Giong Lim
Jack Kao
Distributed by Fox Lorber (US DVD)
Release dates
Running time
108 minutes
Country Japan/Taiwan
Language Taiwanese

Good Men, Good Women (Chinese: 好男好女; pinyin: Hǎonán hǎonǚ) is a 1995 Taiwanese film directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, starring Annie Shizuka Inoh, Lim Giong, and Jack Kao. It is the last installment in the trilogy that began with A City of Sadness (1989) and continued with The Puppetmaster (1993). Like its predecessors, it deals with the complicated issues of Taiwanese history and national identity.


The film depicts the real-life story of Chiang Bi-Yu (Annie Shizuka Inoh). In the 1940s, she and her newlywed husband, Chung Hao-Tung (Giong Lim), head to mainland China to join the anti-Japanese resistance. During the war, she is forced to give her baby up for adoption. After the war they return to Taiwan, as Chung is to distribute a communist paper called "The Enlightenment". However, as the Korean War deepens, Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang regime intensifies the White Terror and Chung is eventually executed.

The film consists of three intermingling storylines and scattered throughout the film are interludes of an actress (also played by Inoh) who prepares for the role of Chiang Bi-Yu, and also confronts her deceased boyfriend's past.



Good Men, Good Women won the Golden Horse Award for best director (1995), and was shown in the Cannes Film Festival.[1]


  1. "Festival de Cannes: Good Men, Good Women". Retrieved 2009-09-03.

Silbergeld, Jerome (2004). Hitchcock With a Chinese Face: Cinematic Doubles, Oedipal Triangles, and China's Moral Voice. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press.

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