Kang-sheng Lee in What Time Is It There? (2001)
Kang-sheng Lee in What Time Is It There? (2001)
What Time Is It There? (2001)

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What Time Is It There?

Tsai Ming-Liang | Taiwan | 2001 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 31 May 2023

Charting the search for connection across three parallel narratives – a watch seller in Taipei (Lee Kang-Sheng), his widowed mother (Lu Yi-Ching), and a woman travelling to Paris (Chen Shiang-Chyi) – Tsai’s breakthrough feature is his most surprisingly comical work. It also signals a new style – featuring minimal plot and a greater sense of stillness – that would define Tsai’s middle-period work. With Jean-Pierre Léaud.

Format: 35mm
Language: Mandarin, Taiwanese, and French with English subtitles
Source: Homegreen Films
Runtime: 116 mins

Event duration

116 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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