The cast of The Wayward Cloud
The cast of The Wayward Cloud
The Wayward Cloud (2005)

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The Wayward Cloud

Tsai Ming-Liang | Taiwan | 2005 | Unclassified (18+)

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Wed 7 Jun 2023

This Silver Bear-winning sequel to What Time Is it There? and The Skywalk Is Gone is Tsai’s boldest film, freely shifting tonal registers to encompass minimalist, ennui-inflected drama, absurdist comedy, high-level sex scenes and exuberant musical numbers adapted from vintage Taiwanese pop. Hsiao-Kang (Lee Kang-Sheng), now a jobbing porn actor, and Shiang-Chyi (Chen Shiang-Chyi) meet again in a Taipei beset by a water shortage but abundant in watermelons; the latter as central to sex as to hydration. The finale remains the most confronting sequence – and amongst the most profound – in Tsai’s cinema.

Format: 35mm
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Source: Homegreen Films
Runtime: 112 mins

Event duration

112 mins


Unclassified (18+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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One Day at a Time: The cinema of Tsai Ming-Liang

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Rebels of the Neon God (1992) – Wed 7 Jun, 7pm
The Wayward Cloud (2005) – Wed 7 Jun, 9pm
The River (1997) – Wed 14 Jun, 7pm
Days (2020) – Wed 14 Jun, 9.10pm

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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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