The Wayward Cloud

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The Wayward Cloud
The Wayward Cloud Poster.jpg
Promotional release poster
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

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


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.



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.


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]



  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)". Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  4. ^ "The Wayward Cloud Releases". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  5. ^ Berlinale. Archive. Prizes and honours 2005. Retrieved 26 January 2019

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