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The Wayward Cloud (2005)

Tian bian yi duo yun (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 18 March 2005 (Taiwan)
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.

Director:

Ming-liang Tsai

Writer:

Ming-liang Tsai

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Cast

Cast overview:
Kang-sheng Lee ... Hsiao-Kang
Shiang-chyi Chen ... Shiang-chyi
Yi-Ching Lu ... Mother
Kuei-Mei Yang ... Taiwanese Porn Actress
Sumomo Yozakura Sumomo Yozakura ... Japanese Porn Star
Huan-Wen Hsiao Huan-Wen Hsiao
Hui-Xun Lin Hui-Xun Lin
Kuo-Xuan Jao Kuo-Xuan Jao
Shu-Mei Hung Shu-Mei Hung
David Yang David Yang
Huan-Wen Wu Huan-Wen Wu
Yu-Wei Chang Yu-Wei Chang
Xun-You Chou Xun-You Chou
Lee-Hsing Huang Lee-Hsing Huang
Tian-Fu Hsu Tian-Fu Hsu
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

18 March 2005 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

El sabor de la sandía See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaohsiung, Taiwan See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tsai Ming-liang originally wanted the story to focus on a grandmother who finds her grandson in the porno business, but when Tsai's friend and fellow director Ann Hui was unable to play the role of the grandmother Tsai decided to change the role to a young girl, and thus brought back Chen Shiang-chyi's character from his previous film "What Time Is It There?" See more »

Quotes

Shiang-chyi: [to Hsiao-Kang] Do you still sell watches?
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Connections

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Ban ge yue liang
Performed by Zhong Hong
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Pretentious and weird enough to be interesting.
30 June 2015 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

"The Wayward Cloud" opens with a scene of sex with a watermelon though neither the melon nor the sex look particularly appetizing. We are in Taiwan and there's a heatwave which might explain the copious amounts of nudity as well as the watermelons if not the behavior of the characters. Ming-Liang Tsai's film, (it appears it follows on from earlier work but this is the first of his films I've seen), doesn't really have much of a plot and very little in the way of dialogue and what 'plot' there is doesn't really make a lot of sense, (the bloke who metamorphoses into a sea-creature in a large tank and breaks into song is only the first of several very camp musical numbers). Unfortunately this picture, which lasts close to two hours, is aimed very much at an art-house audience who like their sex movies to be vague and abstract rather than simply down and dirty, (even the money-shot is basically abstract). Of course, you could be forgiven for thinking that the very explicit sex scenes have, within them, a sense of comedy or at least are meant to be 'tongue-in-cheek', (no pun intended), and that the musical interludes are aimed at a largely gay audience. Either way, "The Wayward Cloud" isn't going to wow them in Middle America or down at the multiplexes but it's sufficiently pretentious and sufficiently weird to be at least interesting. I may have been perplexed but I was certainly never bored.


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