The Wayward Cloud

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The Wayward Cloud
The Wayward Cloud Poster.jpg
Promotional release poster
Traditional天邊一朵雲
Simplified天边一朵云
Mandarintiānbiān yī duǒ yún
Literallyone cloud on the horizon
Directed byTsai Ming-liang
Produced byBruno Pésery
Written byTsai Ming-liang
StarringLee Kang-sheng
Chen Shiang-chyi
CinematographyLiao Pen-jung
Edited byChen Sheng-chang
Distributed by20th Century Fox (Taiwan)
Axiom Films (UK and Ireland)
Release date
  • March 18, 2005 (2005-03-18)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryTaiwan
LanguageMandarin

The Wayward Cloud is a 2005 Taiwanese film directed by Tsai Ming-liang and starring Lee Kang-sheng and Chen Shiang-chyi.

Plot[edit]

There is a water shortage in Taiwan, and television programs are teaching various water-saving methods and encouraging the drinking of watermelon juice in place of water.

Hsiao-kang (Lee) and Shiang-chyi (Chen), two characters from one of Tsai's previous films, What Time Is It There?, meet again by chance and start a relationship. However, Shiang-chyi does not know that Hsiao-kang is a pornographic film actor.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The Wayward Cloud was filmed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The film was shot in various landmark locations in the area, including Dragon and Tiger Pagodas and Love River.

Release[edit]

The film grossed more than NT$20 million in its theatrical release in Taiwan;[1] it was a big commercial achievement for the Taiwan film industry since most Taiwan films' ticket sales usually total under NT$1 million in recent years.[2] It has a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 27 reviews, with a weighted average of 6.96/10. The site's consensus reads: "The Wayward Cloud may baffle more literally minded viewers, but its surreal pleasures will resonate with fans of thoroughly unique cinema".[3]

The film was Taiwan's official entry for the 78th Academy Awards in the foreign-language category.

It was released on DVD by Strand Home Video in 2008.[4]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taichung establishes new documentary film archive". Taipei Times. 2012-01-22. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  2. ^ "Pop Stop". Taipei Times. 2012-01-22. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  3. ^ "The Wayward Cloud (2005)". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  4. ^ "The Wayward Cloud Releases". allmovie.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  5. ^ Berlinale. Archive. Prizes and honours 2005. Retrieved 26 January 2019

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