Three by Tsai Ming-liang

Three by Tsai Ming-liang

3 Episodes

The most celebrated figure of the Second New Wave of Taiwanese cinema, boundary-pushing auteur Tsai Ming-liang charts the contours of contemporary alienation in mesmerizingly enigmatic works that are at once rigorously spare and richly sensuous. Spanning more than twenty years, this trio of some of Tsai’s most arresting films all star his regular leading man and alter ego Lee Kang-sheng, who inhabits, variously, a teenage delinquent drifting through an urban wasteland in the director’s debut feature, REBELS OF THE NEON GOD; a pornographic actor with a taste for watermelon in the daring, utterly unclassifiable musical extravaganza THE WAYWARD CLOUD; and a father struggling to survive on the fringes of a decaying, perpetually rain-soaked Taipei in STRAY DOGS.

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Three by Tsai Ming-liang
  • Rebels of the Neon God

    Episode 1

    Directed by Tsai Ming-liang • 1992 • Taiwan
    Starring Chen Chao-jung, Jen Chang-bin, Lee Kang-sheng

    Tsai Ming-liang’s debut feature heralded the arrival of one of contemporary cinema’s most acclaimed and idiosyncratic auteurs. The striking first expression of the Taiwanese director’s recurring th...

  • The Wayward Cloud

    Episode 2

    Directed by Tsai Ming-liang • 2005 • Taiwan
    Starring Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Shiang-chyi, Lu Yi-ching

    Sex, musical numbers, and watermelons collide in the most daringly outrageous film yet from visionary director Tsai Ming-liang. In a drought-stricken Taipei where water is so scarce that people hav...

  • Stray Dogs

    Episode 3

    Directed by Tsai Ming-liang • 2013 • Taiwan, France
    Starring Lee Kang-sheng, Yang Kuei-mei, Lu Yi-ching

    On the margins of a crumbling, perpetually rain-soaked Taipei, a single father (Lee Kang-sheng) makes his meager living holding up an advertising placard on a traffic island in the middle of a...