Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tianqiao bu jianle (Ming-liang Tsai, 2002) aka The Skywalk is Gone

The Skywalk is Gone (Ming-liang Tsai, 2002)

A short film bridging the gap between What Time Is It There? and The Wayward Cloud follows Chyi (Shiang-chyi Chen) upon her return to Taipai as she searches for the watch salesman, Hsaio-kang (Kang-sheng Lee). Due to the destruction of the overpass she is unable to find him, and he is auditioning for pornographic films. Tsai explores the city streets, filled with people under umbrellas to escape the heat that has left the river dry resulting in water rationing. Tsai's familiar stylistic traits and themes of alienation return as characters converse with each other through barriers. (Chyi talking to the traffic cop as he only half listens to her through a median is filmed through the window of a building. During Lee's audition, the man sits outdoors and gives orders from off screen, while Lee undresses inside.)

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