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26 September 2001 (France) See more »
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When a young street vendor with a grim home life meets a woman on her way to Paris, they forge an instant connection... See more » | Add synopsis »
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12 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Kang-sheng Lee ... Hsiao-kang
Shiang-chyi Chen ... Shiang-chyi
Yi-Ching Lu ... Mother
Tien Miao ... Father
Cecilia Yip ... Woman in Paris
Chao-jung Chen ... Man in Subway Station
Guei Tsai ... Prostitute
Arthur Nauzyciel ... Man at Phone Booth
David Ganansia ... Man at Restaurant

Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Jean-Pierre / Man at the Cemetery

Directed by
Ming-liang Tsai 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ming-liang Tsai 
Pi-ying Yang 

Produced by
Chinlin Hsieh .... associate producer
Laurence Picollec .... producer
Bruno Pésery .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Benoît Delhomme 
 
Film Editing by
Sheng-Chang Chen 
 
Production Design by
Tim Yip  (as Kam Tim Yip)
 
Production Management
Michel Imbert .... location production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ming-tai Wang .... assistant director
Vincent Wang .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Bernard Bridon .... property master
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Julie Conte .... video assistant
Arnaud Gabriel .... second assistant camera
Xavier Tauveron .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Marie-Sylvie Caillierez .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
Magalie Léonard .... color grader
 
Other crew
Harold Manning .... location scouting
Laurence Picollec .... finance
 

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Also Known As:
"Ni na bian ji dian" - Taiwan (original title)
"What Time Is It There?" - International (English title)
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116 min
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Great Film, 19 May 2004
Author: akon5 from australia

Films in their nature is an experience of the extroverted. We see another person suffer, we see their emotional state through actions and their facial gestures. Some films however, managed to use this extroverted medium to express introspection. 'And What Time is it there?' accomplished this perfectly. But in order to do this, the film can not be rushed. For the longer a shot can substain within a time frame but remain interesting, the longer the audience have to concentrate. In due time, the aduience have to actively think about the scene and they will somehow perform this introspection within themselves. If a film can do that to an audience, it is a masterpiece. Of course there are as many interpretations to this film as people say it is slow moving. But for me, it is a philosophical journey, where the changing of time is an indication of desires and wanting to escape. Since the protangonist can not go there, he decided to change his environment instead. But of course, we can also see this as an indication of the lack of progress in life, of wanting to turn back time and the drift into isolation and loneliness. But as we can see, this hope is trivial but its existence is necessary for one's own survival. So in an outsider's view, the actions may look irrational or pointless, but amongst the circular motions of repetition of fears and anger, it is these very action itself that gives life a purpose.

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