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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.

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Ming-liang Tsai

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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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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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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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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

Referenced in Alfa Omega (2007) See more »

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Jing xin deng
Performed by Loo Chang
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Disappointing !! What else will Tsai direct in future ??
3 September 2005 | by chinesefanSee all my reviews

Firstly I must justify that this will be a better film if one has not watched many of Tsai Min Liang's movies. As I have seen nearly all(except for the previous one, Bu San) this is a great disappointment to me. As of all his movies which are low budget, nearly no music and having minimum dialog, Tsai has always successfully used silence to hit our sense but I think this one is a failure.

Except for the female nude(probably the ugliest looking porno actress) scenes, nearly everything else has been done in his previous movies; water problem, use of water melon, musical interludes, the same few faces,masturbation, quiet apartments, etc. And like all his previous films(Bu San, I am not sure) there is always a link with the same characters name and plot or the same style of movie making, this one looks like a sum up of all his previous movies, with more sex and nude scenes for box office appeal. Lets see what else can he offer next ?

This time the female lead gets more scenes than before but I think she did not act well enough(even her moaning is poor and unrealistic compared to the Japanese) and Tsai's frequent actor, Lee Kang Sheng who never failed to bare or do some lonely sex, did the extreme in this one but unfortunately he appeared old and a bit out of shape.

Only the musical interludes saved the movie but they are not as well made as in his previous The Hole.

Lets hope this is not going to be the end of Tsai Min-Liang's directing career.


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