Director: Tsai Ming Liang
Cast: Lee Kang Sheng, Chen Hsiang Chyi
At the Berlin International Film Festival 2005, it won the
-- Silver Bear for An Outstanding Single Achievement , and
-- Alfred-Bauer Prize
It was also awarded the FIPRESCI Prize (competitive section) .
Like most of Tsais film, the simplicity of the storyline suggests that it is NOT plot driven, but rather character driven or even mood driven. In essence, the story involves two people who fell in love but did not know how to express themselves. Nonetheless, the film is rather thought provoking
What I like
-- The film is full of symbolisms, messages, and food for thoughts
e.g., the use of images yup, you will see several clouds except actual clouds in the film but isnt everyone a cloud? We presume we can drift freely, but like clouds, we need the wind and what happens when two clouds collide?
e.g., wow the metaphoric use of watermelon go watch
* yup, you will never view watermelon the same way again ha ha ha *
e.g., the setting against a hot summer drought and thirst symbolizing the drought/lack of love and the thirst/quest for love
e.g., the age old question of love and s**: is there love in s**, does love require s**, is it love or lust? etc ...
-- The songs in the musical interludes are actually rather classic and not crude (at least I used to think so), but the way they were interpreted and choreographed in the musical sequences was very comical indeed.
* Hmmm merely for a good laugh? Or is life, love and s** simply laughable?! *
-- The BEST scene in the movie
* drum roll *
in my very humble opinion, it is actually the LAST scene
oh, I know some people walked out of the theater, some people are going to grumble, some people are going to complain or feel disgusted
But frankly, if you think about the entire film, it is among the SADDEST scenes
What may be problematic for some people
-- Hmmm some people may feel offended by certain scenes, dismissing them as pornographic or crude. Like many controversial films, the line between art and pornography is really thin
-- Like most of Tsais films, it is again long and slow, with few dialogues
-- Like most of Tsais films, he uses the same cast (again?!) so, one may regard this as a continuation of the previous film What Time Is It There?
* yup, there are some references to it *
or if you do not like, regard this as a separate film
Food for thought:
By leaving several things unexplained and ambiguous, the director has allowed audience to exercise their own interpretation and judgment. While some people may complain about the non closure or unexplained events, art film moviegoers seem to embrace it
I have always wondered,
-- is it easier and wiser for a director to leave things unexplained so that most audience would assume the director is interpreting the scenes like the way they do, thereby pleasing most instead of explaining what happens and disappointing audience with his/her own take
e.g., what happened to the actress who made porn video
* a different interpretation would deliver a slightly different message! *
-- I think it is an excellent film in terms of symbolism and messages
-- However, one has to get used to the directors style of filming and certain explicit scenes
Note: The DVD has English subtitles