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Stray Dogs (2013)

Jiao you (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 21 February 2014 (Taiwan)
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An alcoholic man and his two young children barely survive in Taipei. They cross path with a lonely grocery clerk who might help them make a better life.


Ming-liang Tsai (as Tsai Ming Liang)
17 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Kang-sheng Lee ... Father
Kuei-Mei Yang ... Woman
Yi-Ching Lu ... Woman
Shiang-chyi Chen ... Woman
Yi Cheng Lee ... Yi Cheng - son
Yi Chieh Lee ... Yi Chieh - daughter
Jin-kai Wu Jin-kai Wu ... Wang


An alcoholic man and his two young children barely survive in Taipei. They cross path with a lonely grocery clerk who might help them make a better life.

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The film contains mostly extensive long shots, basically nothing happens dramatically. But, it conveys emotions. See more »


The Woman: One day it started raining... it rained non-stop. It rained so hard that water got in. The house started crying... and crying... Can't you see the tears?
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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

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for the dedicated fan of tsai ming-liang only
20 January 2015 | by ethanoelSee all my reviews

tsai ming liang is a director or should you even say an auteur who is really a strange bird in Chinese or in world cinema. this movie continues his same oddball line of work. it is perfectly suited for a highbrow art-house film lover who knows how to appreciate the overly and painfully long scenes completely incomprehensible storytelling and heavy symbolism all of which are mixed together to create an utterly boring movie that lasts more than two hours. the spectators gluteus maximus muscles are put to a tough test to get through the yawning experience...

director's previous works have been as peculiar or even more peculiar as this movie (to say the least - in "he liu" made in 1997 the father and son even end up in the same bed to have sex!) so i strongly recommend them only to a very elitist (western) viewer who wants to have recognition for his/her excellent taste (to get totally bored) and who still thinks postmodernism is a relevant mode to make movies.

it is indeed a real pity because i think the story could have had relevance to tell something important and revealing about taiwanese society but now all the potential substance to make a point is mostly wasted.

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Release Date:

21 February 2014 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Stray Dogs See more »

Filming Locations:

Taipei, Taiwan


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,998, 14 September 2014

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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