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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$362,956
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official selection from Taiwan for the 2005 Academy Awards. See more »

Quotes

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

Follows The Skywalk Is Gone (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Qi miao de yue hui
Performed by Zhong Hong
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To laugh or to cry
15 August 2005 | by eit_666See all my reviews

Watching Tian bian yi duo yun ( The Wayward Cloud ) is a really weird experience. I didn't whether to laugh or cry, to celebrate the brilliance of the film, to recoil in shock from the grittiness or to wince at the absurd campiness.

Its amazing how Tsai Ming-Liang manages to get the cast to emote so much through so little dialogue, how he builds an electrifying atmosphere through minimal use of music (except for the campy nostalgic music videos ... really something else altogether, a see to believe phenomenon).

The brutal scenes of porn filming and the drought were really alluding to the director's favorite theme of alienation, which really works very well. The final scene which seems to disgust so many people into walking out is a really fitting conclusion to this treatise on estrangement and is certainly unforgettable.


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