I know I have bemoaned Tsai Ming-Liang’s films before this, but I also said I was going to watch one more. The movie is called The Wayward Cloud (2005) and I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised. Ming-Liang figure out what his films needed: Explicit Sex and Musical Numbers. This is one weird movie and I wouldn’t suggest that he repeat this film for the rest of his career, but it is a fun experience. I will let the screenshots below speak for themselves.
I have seen Rebels Of The Neon God (1992), Vive L’Amour (1994), The River (1997), What Time Is It There? (2001), Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003), and I Don’t Want To Sleep Alone (2006). I still plan to see The Wayward Cloud (2005), but at this point I can say definitively that I don’t like this man’s movies. I remember in Night Moves (1975) Gene Hackman described Eric Rohmer’s films like watching paint dry. He was wrong. Rohmer’s films are extremely lively compared to Tsai’s films. He is clearly trying to follow in the tradition of Italian Neorealism and Yasujiro Ozu like Hou Hsiao-Hsien, but he just bores me to death. Water is clearly a dominate theme, but I don’t know why. All you do is watch people do nothing or have anonymous sexual encounters. Don’t bother with this director.