Tsai Ming-liang

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Ming-liang Tsai
Tsai Ming-liang at Tokyo Filmex 2013.jpg
Born (1957-10-27) 27 October 1957 (age 57)
Kuching, Crown Colony of Sarawak
Occupation Film director
Years active 1989–present

Tsai Ming-liang (Chinese: 蔡明亮; pinyin: Cài Míngliàng) (born 27 October 1957) is a Malaysian Chinese and one of the most celebrated "Second New Wave" film directors of Taiwanese Cinema, along with earlier contemporaries such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang. His films have been acclaimed worldwide and have won numerous film festival awards.

Early life[edit]

Tsai was born in Malaysia of Chinese ethnic background and spent his first 20 years of his life in Kuching, Sarawak, after which he moved to Taipei, Taiwan. This, he says, had "a huge impact on [his] mind and psyche," perhaps later mirrored in his films. "Even today," says Tsai, "I feel I belong neither to Taiwan nor to Malaysia. In a sense, I can go anywhere I want and fit in, but I never feel that sense of belonging."[1]

He graduated from the Drama and Cinema Department of the Chinese Culture University of Taiwan in 1982 and worked as a theatrical producer, screenwriter, and television director in Hong Kong.


Tsai's film honours include a Golden Lion (best picture) for Vive L'Amour at the Venice Film Festival in 1994; the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize for The River at the 47th Berlin International Film Festival;[2] the FIPRESCI award for The Hole at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival;[3] and the Alfred Bauer Prize and Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for The Wayward Cloud at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival.

In 1995, he was a member of the jury at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

All of his feature films have starred Taiwanese actor Lee Kang-sheng.

The Malaysian Censorship Board on 4 March 2007 decided to ban Tsai's latest film shot in Malaysia, I Don't Want to Sleep Alone, based on 18 counts of incidents shown in the film depicting the country "in a bad light" for cultural, ethical, and racial reasons. However, they later allowed the film to be screened in the country after Tsai agreed to censor parts of the film according to the requirements of the Censorship Board.[5]

In 2003, he was voted by UK newspaper The Guardian as No. 18 of the 40 best directors in the world.



Shorts and segments[edit]


  • Endless Love (1989)
  • The Happy Weaver (1989)
  • Far Away (1989)
  • All Corners of the World (1989)
  • Li Hsiang's Love Line (1990)
  • My Name is Mary (1990)
  • Ah-Hsiung's First Love (1990)
  • Give Me a Home (1991)
  • Boys (1991)
  • Hsio Yueh's Dowry (1991)
  • My New Friends (1995)


  1. ^ Huang, Andrew (18 February 2005). "Sense and sensuality: Art-house master Tsai Ming-liang discusses his new movie 'The Wayward Cloud,' and his philosophies in a moody, existential interview". Taiwan News. 
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1997 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Hole". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "45th Berlin International Film Festival". berlinale.de. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Cutting for change", TheStar Online, 14 May 2007.
  6. ^ "Berlinale Programme 2005 – Tian bian yi duo yun The Wayward Cloud". berlinale.de. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Face". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 29 May 2009. 
  8. ^ Print Film | Urban Distribution International. Urbandistrib.com. Retrieved on 22 May 2014.
  9. ^ La Biennale di Venezia – Jiaoyou (Stray Dogs). Labiennale.org (7 September 2013). Retrieved on 22 May 2014.
  10. ^ Festival international de cinéma – International film festival. FIDMarseille. Retrieved on 22 May 2014.
  11. ^ Ming Liang TSAI: Madame Butterfly | Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid |. Art-action.org. Retrieved on 22 May 2014.
  12. ^ (German) MADAME BUTTERFLY | Viennale. Viennale.at. Retrieved on 22 May 2014.
  13. ^ Madam Butterfly | Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. Dokument-festival.com (15 May 2014). Retrieved on 22 May 2014.
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ Beautiful 2012 – Film Details :: The 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival. 36.hkiff.org.hk. Retrieved on 22 May 2014.
  16. ^ Beautiful 2012 | CAAMFest 2013. Caamfest.com. Retrieved on 22 May 2014.
  17. ^ Festival international de cinéma – International film festival. FIDMarseille. Retrieved on 22 May 2014.
  18. ^ "La Biennale di Venezia – Jingang jing (Diamond Sutra) – Short Film – Closing Screening". labiennale.org. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  19. ^ English – Past Exhibitions – Past Exhibitions. Ntmofa.gov.tw. Retrieved on 22 May 2014.
  20. ^ "BIFF 2013 Letters From The South". biff.kr. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "HKAFF 2013 Film Program Letters From The South". hkaff.asia. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "2013 TGHFF Letters From The South". goldenhorse.org.tw. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  23. ^ "Berlinale Programme 2014 – Xi You Journey to the West". berlinale.de. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 

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