Kang-sheng Lee in The River (1997)
Kang-sheng Lee in The River (1997)
The River (1997)

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The River

Tsai Ming-Liang | Taiwan | 1997 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 14 Jun 2023

Featuring Tsai regulars Lee Kang-Sheng, Miao Tien and Lu Yi-Ching as a deconstructed nuclear family living in one of the leakiest apartments in cinema history, this bleak portrayal of urban alienation and loneliness won the Silver Bear at the 1997 Berlinale. Standing in contrast to the frenetic style of much 1990s cinema, the long takes, mostly static camera and minimal dialogue would become signature elements of the director’s style. In his review, The New York Times critic A. O. Scott described Tsai as “a rare director who seems, even at this late date, to be reinventing the medium and rediscovering the world”.

Courtesy of the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute.

Format: DCP
Language: Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles
Source: Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute
Runtime: 115 mins

Event duration

115 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Of all the notable figures of to emerge in 1990s world cinema, few have developed a corpus of work as consistently transfixing and distinctive as that of Malaysian-Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-Liang (1957–). Born in Kuching, Sarawak, Tsai was largely raised by his cinephile grandparents, who would take him to the movies twice a day from the age of three...

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