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Tsai Ming-liang

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Venice Film Festival
Golden Lion
1994 – Vive L'Amour

Berlin Film Festival
Silver Bear
1997-The River

Tsai Ming-liang Chinese: 蔡明亮; pinyin: Cài Míngliàng born 27 October 1957 is a Malaysian Chinese filmmaker He has written and directed 10 feature films and has also directed many short films and television films Tsai is one of the most celebrated "Second New Wave" film directors of Taiwanese cinema His films have been acclaimed worldwide and have won numerous film festival awards Tsai is considered to be an auteur 1


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 21 1992–1998
    • 22 1999–2009
    • 23 2010–present
    • 24 Honours
  • 3 Filmography
    • 31 Features
    • 32 Shorts
    • 33 Segments
    • 34 Documentaries
    • 35 Telefilms
    • 36 Casting
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early lifeedit

Tsai was born in Malaysia of Chinese ethnic background and spent his first 20 years of his life in Kuching, Sarawak, after which he moved to Taipei, Taiwan This, he said, had "a huge impact on his mind and psyche," perhaps later mirrored in his films "Even today," said Tsai, "I feel I belong neither to Taiwan nor to Malaysia In a sense, I can go anywhere I want and fit in, but I never feel that sense of belonging"2

Tsai graduated from the Drama and Cinema Department of the Chinese Culture University of Taiwan in 1982 and worked as a theatrical producer, screenwriter, and television director in Hong Kong From 1989 to 1991, he directed several telefilms Two of these, All the Corners of the World and Boys, starred his muse, Lee Kang-sheng



Tsai's first feature film was Rebels of the Neon God 1992 A film about troubled youth in Taipei, it starred Lee as the character Hsiao-Kang Lee went on to appear in all of Tsai's feature films through 2013 Tsai's second feature, Vive L'Amour 1994, is about three people who unknowingly share an apartment The film is slow-paced, has little dialogue, and is about alienation; all of these became Tsai's trademarks Vive L'Amour was critically acclaimed and won the Golden Horse Awards for best picture and best director

Tsai's next film was The River 1997, in which a family has to deal with the son's neck pain The family is similar to the one that appears in Rebels of the Neon God and is played by the same three actors The Hole 1998 is about two neighbors in an apartment It features several musical numbers


In Tsai's next film, What Time Is It There 2001, a man and a woman meet in Taipei before the woman travels to Paris This was Tsai's first film to star Chen Shiang-chyi, who would star in his next few films alongside Lee Goodbye, Dragon Inn 2003 is about people inside an old cinema that is closing down For this film, Tsai included even longer shots and fewer lines of dialogue than in previous films, a trend that continued in his later work The Wayward Cloud 2005 is a sequel to What Time Is It There in which Hsiao-Kang and Shiang-chyi meet again and start a relationship while Hsiao-Kang works as a pornographic film actor This film, like The Hole, features several musical numbers between Tsai's typical slow pace

Tsai's next film, I Don't Want to Sleep Alone 2006, was his first set in Malaysia and is about two different characters, both played by Lee In 2007, the Malaysian Censorship Board banned the film based on incidents shown depicting the country "in a bad light" for cultural, ethical, and racial reasons However, they later allowed the film to be screened in the country after Tsai agreed to censor parts of the film according to their requirements3 Tsai's next film, Face 2009, is about a Taiwanese director who travels to France to shoot a film


Tsai left was named Asian Filmmaker of the Year at the 2010 Busan International Film Festival

Tsai's next feature film was Stray Dogs 2013, which is about a homeless family Tsai also directed several short films, including the "Walker" segment of Beautiful 2012 2012 and Journey to the West 2014, which feature the same character: a monk played by Lee who travels by walking slowly


Tsai's film honours include a Golden Lion best picture for Vive L'Amour at the Venice Film Festival in 1994; the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize for The River at the 47th Berlin International Film Festival;4 the FIPRESCI award for The Hole at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival;5 and the Alfred Bauer Prize and Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for The Wayward Cloud at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival In 1995, he was a member of the jury at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival6

In 2003, Tsai was voted by UK newspaper The Guardian as No 18 of the 40 best directors in the world



  • Rebels of the Neon God 1992
  • Vive L'Amour 1994
  • The River 1997
  • The Hole 1998
  • What Time Is It There 2001
  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn 2003
  • The Wayward Cloud 20057
  • I Don't Want to Sleep Alone 2006
  • Face 20098
  • Stray Dogs 2013910


  • Fish, Underground or A Conversation with God 2001
  • The Skywalk Is Gone 2002
  • Madame Butterfly 2008 – part of the Lucca Film Festival project "Twenty Puccini"11121314
  • No Form 201215
  • Diamond Sutra / Sleepwalk 20121617
  • Xing Zai Shui Shang 2013
  • Journey to the West 201418
  • Xiao Kang 20151920


  • Welcome to São Paulo 2004 – "Aquarium"
  • To Each His Own Cinema 2007 – "It's a Dream"
  • Beautiful 2012 2012 – "Walker"21222324
  • Letters from the South 2013 – "Walking on Water"252627
  • Beautiful 2015 2015 – "No No Sleep"2829


  • Sleeping on Dark Waters 2008
  • Afternoon 20153031


  • Endless Love 1989
  • The Happy Weaver 1989
  • Far Away 1989
  • All Corners of the World 1989
  • Li Hsiang's Love Line 1990
  • My Name is Mary 1990
  • Ah-Hsiung's First Love 1990
  • Give Me a Home 1991
  • Boys 1991
  • Hsio Yueh's Dowry 1991
  • My New Friends 1995


Tsai frequently re-casts actors who he has worked with on previous feature films:

Actor Rebels of the
Neon God
Vive L'Amour
The River
The Hole
What Time
Is It There
Dragon Inn
The Wayward
I Don't Want
to Sleep Alone
Stray Dogs
Lee Kang-sheng N N N N N N N N N N
Lu Yi-ching N N N N N N N
Yang Kuei-mei N N N N N N N
Chen Shiang-chyi N N N N N N N
Chen Chao-jung N N N N N N
Miao Tien N N N N N
Jean-Pierre Léaud N N
Norman Atun N N


  1. ^ Auteur Theory: Taiwan Film Auteurs
  2. ^ Huang, Andrew 18 February 2005 "Sense and sensuality: Art-house master Tsai Ming-liang discusses his new movie 'The Wayward Cloud,' and his philosophies in a moody, existential interview" Taiwan News 
  3. ^ "Cutting for change", TheStar Online, 14 May 2007
  4. ^ "Berlinale: 1997 Prize Winners" berlinalede Retrieved 8 January 2012 
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Hole" festival-cannescom Retrieved 29 September 2009 
  6. ^ "45th Berlin International Film Festival" berlinalede Retrieved 29 December 2011 
  7. ^ "Berlinale Programme 2005 – Tian bian yi duo yun The Wayward Cloud" berlinalede Retrieved 10 February 2014 
  8. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Face" festival-cannescom Retrieved 29 May 2009 
  9. ^ STRAY DOGS by Tsai Ming Liang | Urban Distribution International Urbandistribcom Retrieved on 29 Jul 2015
  10. ^ 70th Venice International Film Festival – Venezia 70 - Jiaoyou Stray Dogs Labiennaleorg Retrieved on 22 May 2014
  11. ^ Festival international de cinéma – International film festival FIDMarseille Retrieved on 22 May 2014
  12. ^ Ming Liang TSAI: Madame Butterfly | Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid | Art-actionorg Retrieved on 22 May 2014
  13. ^ in German MADAME BUTTERFLY | Viennale Viennaleat Retrieved on 22 May 2014
  14. ^ Madam Butterfly | Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival Dokument-festivalcom 15 May 2014 Retrieved on 22 May 2014
  15. ^ Festival international de cinéma – International film festival FIDMarseille Retrieved on 22 May 2014
  16. ^ "69th Venice International Film Festival – Orizzonti - Jingang jing Diamond Sutra – Short Film – Closing Screening" labiennaleorg Retrieved 22 May 2014 
  17. ^ English – Past Exhibitions – Past Exhibitions Ntmofagovtw Retrieved on 22 May 2014
  18. ^ "Berlinale Programme 2014 – Xi You Journey to the West" berlinalede Retrieved 7 February 2014 
  19. ^ VIENNALE TRAILER 2015 – Tsai Ming-liang: XIAO KANG viennaleat Retrieved on 25 Oct 2015
  20. ^ "Viennale-Trailer 2015: Xiao Kang by Tsai Ming-Liang" on YouTube
  21. ^ http://wwwcphdoxdk/d/filmlassoe=1&ser=1785&s=2012003,2012012dead link
  22. ^ Beautiful 2012 – Film Details :: The 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival 36hkifforghk Retrieved on 22 May 2014
  23. ^ Beautiful 2012 | CAAMFest 2013 Caamfestcom Retrieved on 22 May 2014
  24. ^ Andrade, Fábio 20 December 2013 "Walker, by Tsai Ming-liang Hong Kong, 2012" CINÉTICA ISSN 1983-0343 Retrieved 5 May 2015 
  25. ^ "BIFF 2013 Letters From The South" biffkr Retrieved 7 February 2014 
  26. ^ "HKAFF 2013 Film Program Letters From The South" hkaffasia Archived from the original on 3 February 2014 Retrieved 7 February 2014 
  27. ^ "2013 TGHFF Letters From The South" goldenhorseorgtw Archived from the original on 2 February 2014 Retrieved 7 February 2014 
  28. ^ Beautiful 2015 – Film Details :: The 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival 39hkifforghk Retrieved on 28 May 2015
  29. ^ "The 39th HKIFF collaborates once again with four international filmmakers For the Beautiful 2015 omnibus" hkifforghk Retrieved 28 May 2015 
  30. ^ 72th Venice International Film Festival – Out of Competition - NA RI XIAWU AFTERNOON Labiennaleorg Retrieved on 22 Aug 2015
  31. ^ 40th Toronto International Film Festival – Wavelenghts - AFTERNOON NA RI XIA WU tiffnet Retrieved on 22 Aug 2015

External linksedit

  • Tsai Ming-liang on Internet Movie Database
  • Tsai Ming-liang at Strictly Film School
  • AV Club interview
  • Asia Pacific Arts interview
  • Tsai Ming-liang on Tsai Ming-liang at Asia Society

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