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Hou Hsiao-hsien confirmed as having Alzheimer's Disease

10/25/2023 08:21 PM
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Taiwanese film director Hou Hsiao-hsien holds the Lifetime Achievement Award trophy at the 57th Golden Horse Awards ceremony held on Nov. 21, 2020. CNA file photo
Taiwanese film director Hou Hsiao-hsien holds the Lifetime Achievement Award trophy at the 57th Golden Horse Awards ceremony held on Nov. 21, 2020. CNA file photo

Taipei, Oct. 25 (CNA) Renowned Taiwanese film director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's (侯孝賢) son confirmed Wednesday that his father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

In a statement, Hou's son said his father continued to work after being diagnosed until he tested positive for COVID-19, but is now spending time with family after COVID-19 exacerbated his Alzheimer's symptoms.

Hou's son added that the director's passion for film has not changed and he is currently in a stable condition.

Although preparation work for the film "Shulan River" has come to a standstill, Hou's film production company is still operating, Hou's son said.

Hou has directed numerous films and won many awards including Best Director at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for "The Assassin" and the Golden Lion at the 1989 Venice Film Festival with "A City of Sadness," the first Taiwanese film to win an award at one of the Big Three European Film Festivals.

(By Wang Hsin-yu and Bernadette Hsiao)

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"A City of Sadness" trailer
"The Assassin" trailer
Hou Hsiao-hsien talks about his film "The Assassin" at a press conference in 2015. CNA file photo
Hou Hsiao-hsien talks about his film "The Assassin" at a press conference in 2015. CNA file photo
Hou Hsiao-hsien receives a standing ovation after being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th Golden Horse Awards. CNA file photo
Hou Hsiao-hsien receives a standing ovation after being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th Golden Horse Awards. CNA file photo
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