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Good Bye, Dragon Inn

Movie Title: 
Good Bye, Dragon Inn
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Good Bye, Dragon Inn

Year of Production: 
2003
Genre: 
Action
Director: 
Ming-liang Tsai
Internet Movie Database: 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0377556/
Video Information: 
Tsai Ming-liang - Bu san ('Good Bye, Dragon Inn') (2003) | 605.2 MB | 1:21:10 | Mandarin with Eng.+Chinese s/t | XviD, 850 Kb/s | 720x448
Movie Description: 
A Japanese tourist takes refuge from a rainstorm inside a once-popular movie theater, a decrepit old barn of a cinema that is screening a martial arts classic, King Hu's 1966 "Dragon Inn." Even with the rain bucketing down outside, it doesn't pull much of an audience -- and some of those who have turned up are less interested in the movie than in the possibility of meeting a stranger in the dark.

What Time Is It Over There?

Movie Title: 
What Time Is It Over There?
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What Time Is It Over There?

Year of Production: 
2001
Genre: 
Drama
Director: 
Ming-liang Tsai
Internet Movie Database: 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0269746/
Video Information: 
Tsai Ming-liang - Ni neibian jidian ('What Time Is It There?') (2001) | 1462.1 MB | 1:50:32 | Mandarin with English s/t | XviD, 1570 Kb/s | 720x400
Movie Description: 
What Time Is It There? begins with an opening scene where an old man sits in melancholic loneliness next to the kitchen table smoking a cigarette. The scene goes on for a good five minutes as the old man struggles with the inhaling and exhaling of the cigarette before he departs the earthly world. The old man is the main character's father, Hsiao-kang (Lee Kang-Sheng), who works as a street vendor selling watches in Taipei, Taiwan. Hsiao-kang is a Buddhist and he believes in reincarnation, which means that he must follow certain guidelines in order to help his father have the best possible reincarnation. Through Hsiao-kang's work he meets the attractive Shiang-chyi (Chen Shiang-Chyi) who wants to buy his personal watch as she finds it very appealing. At first Hsiao-kang refuses as he is in mourning and it would violate the guidelines of his belief. However, after some thinking Hsiao-kang agrees to sell his watch to Shiang-chyi as she needs it for her trip to Paris, France. It is this moment of the film that launches an emotional journey in the shadow of a spiritual crisis as Hsiao-kang worries about his father's reincarnation. Initially it brings amusement to the audience as Hsiao-kang attempts to set as many watches as he can in Taipei in French time as his watch is currently with Shiang-chyi in France. Tsai Ming-liang playfully uses the moment of selling the watch to create an astonishing cinematic event that is abundantly rich of subtle humor and simultaneous sadness. This conflict of feelings also brings a homage to François Truffaut's The 400 Blows, which Hsiao-kang buys in order to learn more about France. In addition, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Antoine Doinel in 400 Blows, makes a small cameo in the film where he meets Shiang-chyi on a bench in a graveyard as she is looking for a phone number to someone, assumingly Hsiao-kang. This scene conveys a strong sense of connection between Hsiao-kang and Shiang-chyi, yet the physical disconnection between the two in shape of distance in very real. What Time Is It There? presents a brilliant cinematic experience that goes far beyond what one can see on the screen. It also offers tribute to cinema itself as it seem to have influenced Tsai Ming-liang in several way. Lastly, it provides much pondering for those who seek a stimulating cinematic experience, which will not be forgotten by those who fully experienced Tsai Ming-liang at his best.

The Hole

Movie Title: 
The Hole
Picture: 

The Hole

Year of Production: 
1998
Genre: 
Fantasy
Director: 
Ming-liang Tsai
Internet Movie Database: 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0156610/
Video Information: 
Tsai Ming-liang - Dong ('The Hole') (1998) | 1435.89 MB | Runtime 1:29:06 | color | Language : Mandarin | Forced subtitles : English | Audio : mp3 , 48000 Hz , 128 Kb/s , 2-ch | Video : XviD , 2100 Kb/s , 29.97 frm/s , 720x400 (16:9)
Movie Description: 
Seven days to the 21st century: the rain will not let up in Taiwan, and a strange disease reaches epic proportions.Despite evacuation warnings, the tenants of a run-down public housing building stay put. A plumber has been sent to Hsiao-Kang's apartment, but instead of fixing the leak, he leaves a gaping hole in the middle of the living room. Through the hole, Kang spies on his downstairs neighbor, a woman who stockpiles toilet paper and dreams about singing and dancing in Kang's arms.

The River

Movie Title: 
The River
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The River

Year of Production: 
1997
Genre: 
Drama
Director: 
Ming-liang Tsai
Internet Movie Database: 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119263/
Video Information: 
Tsai Ming-liang - He liu ('The River') (1997) | 1417.57 MB | Runtime 1:53:10 | color | Mandarin with (embedded) English s/t | Audio : 48000 Hz , 128 Kb/s , 2-ch | Video : XviD , 1600 Kb/s , 29.97 frm/s , 720x480 (1.85:1) (4:3)
Movie Description: 
A mother, father and son live together in a small apartment in Taipei but lead very separate lives. The son, Xiao-kang (Lee Kang-sheng) drifts through life without a job; the mother is an elevator operator having an affair with a man who pirates pornographic movies; and the father pursues illicit pleasures in the city's gay saunas and is on a mission to stop the leaking water from the apartment upstairs. When the son is stricken with an agonizing pain in his neck and shoulders, seemingly from taking an ill-advised dunk in the polluted Tansui River, the family is driven on a quest to alleviate the son's pain.

Vive L'Amour

Movie Title: 
Vive L'Amour
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Vive L'Amour

Year of Production: 
1994
Genre: 
Drama
Director: 
Ming-liang Tsai
Internet Movie Database: 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109066/
Video Information: 
Tsai Ming-liang - Aiqing wansui ('Vive L'Amour') (1994) | 1116.56 MB | Runtime 1:56:52 | color | Mandarin with (embedded) English s/t | Audio : 48000 Hz , 128 Kb/s , 2-ch | Video : DivX , 1600 Kb/s , 23.97 frm/s , 720x480 (16:9)
Movie Description: 
Tsai Ming-liang's 1994 Venice Film Festival , Golden Lion award wining film (tied with Milcho Manchevski's 'Before the Rain'). Yang Kuei-Mei and Chen Chao-Jung star as May, a chic and seductive real estate agent, and Ah-Jong, a street merchant. This mesmerizing film revolves around the two young people and their encounters in one of the thousands of vacant, anonymous apartments that fill Taipei, Taiwan. After a chance meeting, the couple use the apartment for their impulsive sexual liaisons. A third person, a shy young gay man, hides in the same apartment, and spies on the couple, creating a bizzare love triangle. Considered by critics as reminiscent of the best works of Michelangelo Antonioni (Blow-Up), 'Vive L'Amour' presents its own compelling mix of quirky wit and eroticism. The film focuses on three city folks who unknowingly share the same apartment: Mei, a real estate agent who uses it for her sexual affairs; Ah-jung, her current lover; and Hsiao-Kang, who's stolen the key and uses the apartment as a retreat.