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What Time Is It There? (2001)

Ni na bian ji dian (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 26 September 2001 (France)
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A watch salesman meets a young woman soon leaving for Paris and becomes infatuated, so he begins to change all the clocks in Taipei to Paris time.

Director:

Ming-liang Tsai
11 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
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
Kuei Tsai Kuei Tsai ... Prostitute (as Guei Tsai)
Arthur Nauzyciel Arthur Nauzyciel ... Man at Phone Booth
David Ganansia David Ganansia ... Man at Restaurant
Chao-yi Tsai Chao-yi Tsai ... Clock Store Owner
Kuo-Cheng Huang Kuo-Cheng Huang ... Fat Boy
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Jean-Pierre / Man at the Cemetery
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Storyline

When a young street vendor with a grim home life meets a woman on her way to Paris, they forge an instant connection. He changes all the clocks in Taipei to French time; as he watches François Truffaut's "Les 400 Coups," she has a strange encounter with its now-aging star, Jean-Pierre Leaud. Written by amirmu

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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[first lines]
Father: Hsiao Kang? Hsiao Kang?
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References Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) See more »

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Hypnotic,absorbing and touching all in an unusual filmic context.
9 April 2003 | by ede58See all my reviews

This film-known in the US as "What Time is it There?" captured me in ways that I never expected a film to be able to do. Do not see this film seeking plot-linear connections-causal relationships. See this film to slip into a different view of the world we occupy. A world where feelings for one another do not necessarily have results we are aware of. Where the occasion of place and time and circumstance carry weights of understanding without explanation. I can only really tell you this film is slow-and deeply touching; plotless and driven by the regard for the persons in it; visually stunning without any visual trickery. Overall this film went instantly to the top of my own personal "best movies" and I don't even know how to tell you about it. Do see it.


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Country:

Taiwan | France

Language:

Mandarin | French | Min Nan | English

Release Date:

26 September 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

What Time Is It There? See more »

Filming Locations:

Taipei Hesien, Taiwan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,936, 21 January 2002

Gross USA:

$195,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$265,477
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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