A first in-depth study of filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang's universe, both sensual and solitary.
Acclaimed Taiwan-based filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang is renowned for creating some of the most nihilistic and erotic films of the 1990's. His films often use water in its multiple capacities—cleansing, raining, nourishing, flooding—to symbolize his character's emotions. Depicting the human body as a mysterious, malleable machine consuming and excreting on its own volition, bodily functions become metaphors for loneliness, desire, decay, and escape. His obsessive and isolated characters give his films a bleak outlook, but they also embody a wry sense of absurdist humor.
Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang (born 1957, Kuching, Malaysia) directed a dozen full-lenght films, among which Rebels of Neon God, Vive l'Amour (Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, 1994),The River (Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, 1997), The Hole, The Wayward Cloud, Face, Stray Dogs (Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, 2013).