27 October 1957 |
Tsai Ming-liang (Chinese: 蔡明亮; pinyin: Cài Míngliàng) (born October 27, 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.
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."
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; the FIPRESCI award for The Hole at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival; and the Alfred Bauer Prize and Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for The Wayward Cloud at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival.
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.
In 2003, he was voted by UK newspaper The Guardian as #18 of the 40 best directors in the world.
- Rebels of the Neon God (1992)
- Vive l'Amour (1994)
- The River (1997)
- The Hole (1998)
- What Time Is It There? (2001)
- Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003)
- The Wayward Cloud (2005)
- I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2006)
- Face (2009)
Shorts and segments
- A Conversation with God (2001)
- The Skywalk Is Gone (2002)
- Welcome to São Paulo (2004) - "Aquarium" segment
- To Each His Own Cinema (2007) - "It's a Dream"
- Walker (2012)
- 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)
- Huang, Andrew (2005-02-18). "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.
- "Berlinale: 1997 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
- "Festival de Cannes: The Hole". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
- "45th Berlin International Film Festival". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
- "Cutting for change", TheStar Online, May 14, 2007.
- Tsai Ming-liang at the Internet Movie Database
- Tsai Ming-liang at Strictly Film School
- The Onion AV Club interview
- Asia Pacific Arts interview
- Tsai Ming-liang on Tsai Ming-liang at Asia Society