Kang lives alone in a big house. Through a glass façade, he looks out onto the treetops lashed by wind and rain. He feels a strange pain of unknown origin which he can hardly bear and which grips his whole body. Non lives in a small apartment in Bangkok where he methodically prepares traditional dishes from his native village. When Kang meets Non in a hotel room, the two men share each other's loneliness. Tsai Ming-Liang’s new work concludes the exploration he began in Journey to the West. The images are emanations of slowness and frailty, embodied by the actor Lee Kang-Sheng, with whom the filmmaker has collaborated for years. After making a personal confession in Afternoon, in Rizi (Days) he silently observes the encounter between two men who forget the dark side of reality for one night, and perhaps even get close to the truth, before returning to their daily lives. As always, when Tsai Ming-Liang trains his camera on faces and lights, everything is possible and the images naturally have multiple meanings.
by Tsai Ming-Liang
with Lee Kang-Sheng, Anong Houngheuangsy
Taiwan 2019 Without dialogue 127’ Colour World premiere


  • Lee Kang-Sheng (Kang)
  • Anong Houngheuangsy (Non)


Director Tsai Ming-Liang
Cinematography Chang Jhong-Yuan
Editing Chang Jhong-Yuan
Sound Design Dennis Tsao
Producer Claude Wang
Executive Producers Tsai  Ming-Liang, Yu Pei-Hua
Co-Executive Producer Li Shu-Ping
Co-Producer Tang I-Wen
Co-Production Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation Taipeh

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Tsai Ming-liang

Born in Kuching, Malaysia in 1957, his debut film Rebels of the Neon God screened in the Panorama Special section of the 1992 Berlinale. In 1994, Vive l’amour was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. His films also screened at the Berlinale in 1995, 1997, 2014, 2019 and 2020; in 1997, The River won a Silver Bear. His 2009 film Visage was co-produced by the Louvre museum in Paris. Stray Dogs won the Grand Prize of the Jury at Venice in 2013. His installations have been presented in the Venice and Shanghai Biennales.

Filmography (selection)

1992 Qingshaonian Nuozha (Rebels of the Neon God) 1994 Ai Qing Wan Sui (Vive l’amour) 1997 He Liu (The River) 1998 Dong (The Hole) 2001 Ni Na Bian Ji Dian (What Time Is It There?) 2002 The Skywalk Is Gone 2003 Bu San (Goodbye, Dragon Inn) 2005 Tian bian yi dou yun (The Wayward Cloud) 2006 Hei Yan Quan (I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone) 2009 Lian (Visage) 2013 Jao You (Stray Dogs) 2014 Xi You (Journey to the West) 2015 Afternoon 2017 Jia Zai Lanre Si (The Deserted) 2018 Ni De Lian (Your Face) 2020 Rizi (Days) 2022 He Chu (Where) 2024 Wu Suo Zhu (Abiding Nowhere)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024