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''Kang lives alone in a big house, Non in a small apartment in town. They meet, and then part, their days flowing on as before.'' (imdb)
Radically rethinking the tired talking-heads template, Tsai Ming-liang's latest digital experiment turns the human face into a subject of dramatic intrigue. Comprised of a series of portrait shots of mostly anonymous individuals (Tsai devotees will no doubt recognize his long-time muse, Lee Kang-sheng), the film shrewdly deemphasizes language while reducing context to a bare minimum. In their place, the beauty and imperfections of each face take center stage. (NYFF)
The Deserted, a film by Tsai, Ming-Liang. The artisan of cinematography approaches virtual reality, pushing the boundaries of VR film. A film produced by tech pioneer HTC Virtual Reality Content Centre, and co-produced with Jaunt China. The 55-minute long film's title in its original Chinese means "the Home of Lan Re Temple" and is a short ghost story stripped from a longer novel (imdb)
Xiao Kang (2015) - Short Film
This is the festival trailer for Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival 2015. The trailer will be shown in over 100 cinemas in Austria and Germany and during the festival in several cinemas in Vienna. (imdb)
This disarmingly candid, insightful and ultimately very touching conversation between Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang and his muse Lee Kang-sheng illuminates one of the great actor-director collaborations in cinema history. (TIFF)
Wu Wu Mian (2015) - Short Film
Tsai's "walker" returns, this time in Tokyo.
The face of an exhausted man breathing deeply, his face agitated and, nearby, the sea. A Buddhist monk walks barefoot and incredibly slowly through Marseille - so slowly, that his progress is barely perceptible and he becomes a calming influence in the midst of the town's goings-on. (berlinale.de)
A fusion written to accommodate every word on the path to the thought, rummaging through the labyrinth of ourselves where the memory does not cease to exist. A drowsy shadow bends on the stretched bow of life, elapsing the truth of a time past, the intimacy of a memory is part of the emotion that makes freedom infinite in every gesture, in the scent of a lived breath….
Walking on Water (2013) - Short Film
Walking on Water sees Tsai Ming-liang returning with the Walker series to his hometown of Kuching in Malaysia.
An alcoholic man and his two young children barely survive in Taipei. They cross path with a lonely grocery clerk who might help them make a better life. (imdb)
Walker (2012) - Short Film
A monk walks all over the streets of Hong Kong. Very slowly.
Hsiao-Kang, a Taiwanese film director, travels to the Louvre in Paris, France, to shoot a film that explores the Salomé myth. (imdb)
Hu die fu ren (2009) - Short Film
A woman is abandoned by her lover.
The title of the François Lunel film is the Buddhist proverb concluding by: "all is but illusion". His movie draws the Tsai Ming-Liang's face during the shooting of his movie Visage, which --itself-- is also a movie within a movie. (imdb)
Sleeping on Dark Waters could be called a 'Making of I Don't Want to Sleep Alone. (SM)
Hsaio-Kang (Kang-sheng Lee) is beaten up by street hustlers and is carried back to a abandoned half-completed building, home to the homeless and downtrodden, by a group of Bangladeshi men. There he is meticulously, even lovingly, brought back to health by Rawang (Norman Bin Atun), where they share a salvaged, stained flea-ridden mattress... (IMDB Comments)
Hsiao-Kang, now working as an adult movie actor, meets Shiang-chyi once again. Meanwhile, the city of Taipei faces a water shortage that makes the sales of watermelons skyrocket.
The city of São Paulo, as seen through the lenses of 13 directors. (imdb)
On the last night before the old movie theater is shut down, a Japanese youth, despite the hard rain, comes running into the theater. The theater seems empty, void of life; yet there are some people, and some may not be people... (Wellspring Media)
The Skywalk is Gone (2002) - Short Film
A girl (Shiang-chyi Chen) looks for a street vendor in Taipei. But she can't find him since the Skywalk is Gone. (imdb)
Fish, Underground (2001) - Short Film
The original subject intended for this film was a spiritual medium who was unbelievably accurate. Tsai Ming-liang jumped on his 50cc motorbike, equipped with a DV camera ready to shoot her, to see whether the god would speak to his camera. But on the way, he was caught in a traffic jam of people gathered at another god's festival. A man in a trance, flashy karaoke girls on stage, a power black-out. During his diversion, the camera discovers fish and underground passages. (imdb)
When a young street vendor with a grim home life meets a girl on her way to Paris, they forge an instant connection. He changes all the clocks in Taipei to French time; as he watches Francois Truffaut's Les 400 Coups, she has a strange encounter with its now-ageing star (Jean-Pierre Leaud). (imdb)
In the final days of the year 1999, most everyone in Taiwan has died. A strange plague has ravished the island. Supposedly spread by cockroaches, the disease sends its victims into a psychosis where they act like the insects. Eventually, they die. The Hole takes place in a crumbling apartment building. Its two protagonists live right above and below each other. The woman is on the lower floor, and the pipes above her apartment are leaking fiercely, threatening to destroy her food supply... (imdb)
A personal account of Chinese film history by Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan, who examines in particular issues of gender and sexuality. Includes interviews with a number of important filmmakers as well as the director's mother; Kwan also uses this film publicly to address his own sexual identity. (BFI)
This metaphysical meditation on the anomie of modern urban life focuses on the problems of a family in Taipei. (KimStim)
The film focuses on three city folks who unknowingly share the same apartment: Mei, a real estate agent who uses it for her sexual affairs; Ah-jung, her current lover; and Hsiao-ang, who's stolen the key and uses the apartment as a retreat. (imdb)
Hsiao Kang is a troubled student. Ah Tze and Ah Bing are petty criminals. During a random act of violence on the streets of Taipei, their stories intermingle...
A man blackmails a boy for his lunch money.
All the Corners of the World (1989) - TV Movie
The film follows a lower working class family of scalpers, a mother, father, son, daughter, and senile grandfather. The daughter gets in with the wrong crowd, a pimp, and tries to challenge her parents' authority by courting the pimp's advances. When a trip to the motel turns sexually aggressive she breaks a bottle and stabs him in the chest. The family is shattered that their daughter is embroiled in such an affair, so blind are they to their own delinquent behaviour serving as a bad role model (Donato Totaro)
The whole story revolves around a woman from marriage, marriage to divorce encounter sexual problems as the main axis, reflecting the Taiwan society in this regard subjective and objective taboos. The first paragraph of the description of the actress Xiao Xiaomin arranged with the parents of the scholar if strong engagement after the agreement with the high school students often travel, and finally cancel the engagement. The second paragraph to... (themoviedb)