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Tian bian yi duo yun (2005)

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:

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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

Referenced in Alfa Omega (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Ban ge yue liang
Performed by Zhong Hong
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A modern Masterpiece (not for the bubble gum audience)
17 July 2005 | by asafkormanSee all my reviews

I saw the film in a screening in the Jerusalem film festival in Israel. Tsai came with lee kang-sheng his actor and together they introduced the film to us Israeli film buffs. The film was a blast.

Tsai said many people leave before the end of the film, it certainly happened, but us who managed to enter the special "mode" tsai requires from his audience enjoyed a modern masterpiece! To me it felt like a mixture of tati's "playtime" and oshima's "in the realm of the senses", to witch you must add obscure eastern musical numbers. It was breathtaking, funny, disturbing, sad and romantic.

It's true, the film shows men and women in degrading situations - but that is the main issue of the film and it deals with it with great compassion. The image of kang-sheng sitting in the street after the shooting of a porn scene, to discover ants crawling on his chest and forehead says it all.

Thank you very much Tsai Ming-liang.


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