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DVD Review: 天邊一朵雲 The Wayward Cloud

“What do you think a movie is?” Tsai Ming-liang replied to a reporter who had just asked him the same question at the screening of the director’s film, “The Wayward Cloud” at the Berlin International Film Festival.

"My experience of watching films is usually like reading a novel, but with a third hand turning the pages for me; I have no control over the speed of my reading,” the reporter answered. “However, your film is not a novel; I feel I am watching a movie and I can read it at my own pace.”

Tsai's film is a mixture of fragmented memories, feelings and emotions. There is no concrete storyline, but a story comes from the chemistry between these three elements; a story in need of no words.

"the wayward cloud" is indeed an art piece about urban society that seeks the audience's participation and provokes thoughts. While watching this film, it is important to have unanswered questions - don't focus on what is inside the featured unopened suitcase, but think, what is the meaning of "unopened" in the film.

Surely, sex is not new to his films, [well, I mean like sexually intercross is new to his film, usually it is only suggested images, but now, they were like REAL explicit sence]

"The Wayward Cloud" is the film that Tsai has always wanted to make most and contains many elements that have appeared in his older works, including his strong presentation of isolation in his lonely characters, as well as some highly entertaining campy musical chips which here he contrasts against the emotion of the characters. The recurrent [themes, not sure about it] tools he us to express is idea of isolations (and equally recurrent censorship and scandal in Taiwan) are his portrayals of sex and the naked body.

In this film, Tsai’s redefine the meaning of loneliness and isolation to a new, extreme extend. We see the pornographic film industry through the eyes of a third person. Throughout, unmistakable and explicit symbols of sex contrast the main characters’ passive and isolated relationship.

Watermelons appear to be having a bumper crop and are well harvested throughout in metaphors and imagery, as all the while drinking water runs dry in the taps throughout Taiwan. In respond to the situation of “Juice replaces water” in Taiwan, Tsai uses the classic Dadaism icon - ants, to express the problematic and distorted thoughts of society; humorous yet haunting.

The metaphor of "Watermelon" (the supplement/replenishment/sex) and "Water" (the origin, purity, love) can be interpreted throughout different layers in the film, bringing coherence to a thoughtful and completely enjoyable film.

"the wayward cloud" is indeed a master piece firmly sealed with Tsai’s signature.









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