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?
Did You Know?
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
Do you still sell watches?
Referenced in Alfa Omega
Ban ge yue liang
Performed by Zhong Hong See more