Oct. 3, 2001

American Cinematheque Presents...

An Evening With Tsai Ming-Liang

Special Thanks: Suzanne Fedak/Winstar Cinema; Marcus Hu/Strand Releasing; James Quandt/ Cinematheque Ontario.

Tickets available 30 days in advance.

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Raised in Malaysia, Tsai Ming-Liang moved to Taiwan to study film, and now with five features under his belt, he has become one of the island’s most internationally acclaimed directors. Poised between comedy and horror, Tsai’s films portray the loneliness and emptiness of modern urban life. With his trilogy exploring the decay of society -- REBELS OF A NEON GOD, VIVE L’AMOUR and THE RIVER -- Tsai offers a heartbreaking portrait of Taiwan in transition. Winstar Cinema will be releasing Tsai Ming-Liang’s latest film WHAT TIME IS IT OVER THERE? in January 2002.

 

Wednesday, October 3 – 7:00 PM

Director Tsai Ming-Liang In-Person! Double Feature!

VIVE L’AMOUR, 1994, Strand Releasing, 119 min. The empty lives of three strangers in Taipei cross paths in a vacant apartment. Hsiao-Kang (Lee Kang-sheng), a young salesman selling niches for cremated human remains, finds a forgotten key on an apartment door and decides to move in. However, May Lin (Yang Kuei Mei) the real estate agent who left the key, comes back to the vacant apartment with one-night stand Ah-Jung (Chen Chao-jung). Things get complicated when Ah-Jung seizes this opportunity to secretly move in, too. Tsai Ming-Liang's masterpiece!

 

THE HOLE, 2000, Winstar Cinema, 69 min. Seven days before Y2K, a rainy and chaotic Taipei is under attack from a strange new disease, the "Taiwan Fever", which causes its victims to behave like cockroaches. Against this nightmarish backdrop, Tsai focuses on a grocer (Lee Kang-sheng) who uses a hole his plumber has left in his floor to spy on his unsuspecting female neighbor. Interspersed throughout the bleak, often humorous scenario are the characters’ fantasies, with musical sequences inspired by Grace Chang, a major Hong Kong star from over forty years ago! Plus, LA Premiere! "A CONVERSATION WITH GOD," 2001, Video, 30 min. Tsai Ming-Liang’s most recent work is a digital film about a medium in a trance. Discussion between films with director Tsai Ming-Liang.