The Wayward Cloud
|The Wayward Cloud|
Promotional release poster
|Mandarin||tiānbiān yī duǒ yún|
|Literally||one cloud on the horizon|
|Directed by||Tsai Ming-liang|
|Produced by||Bruno Pésery|
|Written by||Tsai Ming-liang|
|Edited by||Chen Sheng-chang|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox (Taiwan)|
Axiom Films (UK and Ireland)
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.
- Lee Kang-sheng - Hsiao-kang
- Chen Shiang-chyi - Shiang-chyi
- Lu Yi-ching - Mother
- Yang Kuei-mei - Taiwanese porn actress
- Sumomo Yozakura - Japanese porn actress
The film grossed more than NT$20 million in its theatrical release in Taiwan; 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. 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".
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.
- 55th Berlin International Film Festival (2005) - Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution.
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- "Pop Stop". Taipei Times. 2012-01-22. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- "The Wayward Cloud (2005)". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
- "The Wayward Cloud Releases". allmovie.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- Berlinale. Archive. Prizes and honours 2005. Retrieved 26 January 2019
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