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The Wayward Cloud (2005)

Tian bian yi duo yun (original title)
Hsiao-Kang, now working as a pornographic actor, meets Shiang-chyi once again. Meanwhile, the city of Taipei faces a water shortage that makes the sales of watermelons skyrocket.

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Huan-Wen Hsiao
Hui-Xun Lin
Kuo-Xuan Jao
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Huan-Wen Wu
Yu-Wei Chang
Xun-You Chou
Lee-Hsing Huang
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Metaphor, allegory. There's a drought in Taiwan. Watermelon are abundant and become juice, food, something to share with a guest, and an aphrodisiac. In a large building of flats, Hsiao-Kang and Shiang-chyi's paths cross; she knew him when he sold watches, now he acts in pornographic films. She scavenges for plastic water bottles. He bathes in the building's cistern. Fantasy song and dance numbers punctuate the characters' nearly aimless pursuits: she has lost her keys and he helps her find them; he naps in a park, she watches; he smokes on the floor beneath her kitchen table while she sits. His film-making continues. Can they connect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Before making The Wayward Cloud, Tsai would often joke that if his film career continued to have financial difficulties he would be forced to direct pornography. See more »

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Shiang-chyi: [to Hsiao-Kang] Do you still sell watches?
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Follows What Time Is It There? (2001) See more »

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A triumph for Tsai Ming-Liang
4 November 2005 | by (Hawaii) – See all my reviews

Somehow, amazingly, this film manages to correct nearly every problem I've had with Tsai Ming-Liang's work so far, and yet at the same time amplify, if anything, everything I love about his films to begin with. At last he has made a film that actually leads up to something resembling a satisfying climax (very literally, actually). Also, it may just be that I saw it in a theater, but the cinematography seemed far and away much better than any of his previous films. It's easily one of the most beautiful films, visually, that I've ever seen, up there with the best of Wong Kar-Wai, no question. It's also, somewhat oddly, both his most accessible film (possibly) and also, by far, his most confrontational and edgy. This is, basically, his "Brown Bunny" or "Ken Park", and i mean that in the best possible way. That said, it may not be his most consistent film, but it is probably his most rewarding. Also, watching it with an audience that laughed at all the right places was rather remarkable. At times I felt like Tsai Ming-Liang was playing up to the audience's expectations too much, but my opinion in that regard was completely changed by the end of the film.


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