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The Wayward Cloud

The Wayward Cloud

Director: Tsai Ming-Liang

Country:  Taiwan, France

Year of Production:  2005

Berlin Award Berlin Award

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Synopsis

Taiwan's official contender for Oscar nomination, Ming-Liang Tsai's latest outrageous blend of sex, comedy, musical and drama went down a storm at the London Film Festival, leaving some audience members completely stunned. Daring, controversial and very funny.

Taiwan is beset by a terrible water shortage. TV stations are advising the population to economise drastically, and to drink watermelon juice. But, as always, people are finding their own solutions to the drought. Shiang-Chyi secretly fills discarded bottles in public toilets, while Hsiao-Kang takes midnight baths in rooftop storage tanks. They drift like clouds, never touching. Survival is hard, but loneliness is impossible to bear. Shiang-Chyi finds a watermelon, and on the same day encounters Hsiao-Kang. She remembers buying a watch from him when he worked as a street vendor. He's a porno actor now, but she doesn't know that yet...

Surreal, erotic, outrageous, The Wayward Cloud is a ravishing, vibrant, truly original musical from the internationally-acclaimed director of "Goodbye", "Dragon Inn" and "The River".

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Cast

Starring:  Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Lu Yi-Ching, Yang Kuei-Mei, Sumomo Yozakura

Credits

Director: Tsai Ming-Liang

Writer(s):  Tsai Ming-Liang

Producers:  Bruno Pesery

Production Details

Country:  Taiwan, France

Year of Production:  2005

Language:  Mandarin

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  114 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  16th November 2007

DVD Release Date:  16th November 2007

Reviews

PETER BRADSHAW,THE GUARDIAN

"high comedy, high-camp musical numbers and a vast amount of hardcore porn"

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PETER BRADSHAW,THE GUARDIAN

TIM ROBEY, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

"cinematic invention and balls-to-the-wall daring... I loved it"

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TIM ROBEY, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

JONATHAN ROMNEY, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

"brilliant... you've never seen anything like it"

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JONATHAN ROMNEY, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

JASON SOLOMONS, MAIL ON SUNDAY

"brilliantly bonkers"

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JASON SOLOMONS, MAIL ON SUNDAY

SIGHT AND SOUND

"exquisitely composed"

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SIGHT AND SOUND

GEOFF ANDREW, TIME OUT

"witty, insightful and typically idiosyncratic"

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GEOFF ANDREW, TIME OUT

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