Thursday, February 17, 2005

Tian bian yi duo yun

The Wayward Cloud. FR/TW/CN 2004. PC: Arena Films. D+SC: Tsai Ming-Liang. DP: Song Wen-Chong. Starring Lee Kang-Sheng (Hsiao-Kang), Chen Shiang-Chyi (Shiang-Chyi). 112 min. German subtitles. In the presence of Tsai Ming-Liang and members of the team. Viewed at the Berlinale-Palast, Berlin Film Festival (Competition), 16 Feb 2005. Another ideosynchratic contribution from Tsai Ming-Liang, who brought us Rebel of the Neon Gods, Vive l'amour, and The River. A Chinese salad whose ingredients include views of urban solitude, puerile sex jokes with watermelons and pornography, realistic scenes of a city suffering from water shortage, kitsch songs and lowbrow farce. **

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