Tsai Ming-Liang, the second wave Taiwanese director responsible for ravishing yet bleak, beautiful yet starkly non-commercial cinematic works like Stray Dogs (2013) and Face (‘Visage,’ 2009) is the subject of a current retrospective at the Museum of The Moving Image in New York City. The program is running April 10 – April 26.

"STRAY DOGS" Lee Kang-sheng, left, with Lee Yi Chieh and Lee Yi Cheng, play a homeless family. C/O Cinema Guild

“STRAY DOGS” Lee Kang-sheng, left, with Lee Yi Chieh and Lee Yi Cheng, play a homeless family. C/O Cinema Guild

Tsai Ming-Liang "Face" ('Visage,' 2009)

Tsai Ming-Liang “Face” (‘Visage,’ 2009)

STRAY DOGS (trailer) from Cinema Guild on Vimeo.

“I want to express the failure of erotic desire to be realized in contemporary urban space. I would like to make my films about disappearing, like The Skywalk is Gone [2002] and Goodbye Dragon Inn. The whole theatre is disappearing in that film! This subject is important to me because society changes so fast and everything disappears so fast – historical sites, culture. One day I walked to the area where Lee Kang-Sheng was selling watches [in What Time is it There?], and I realized that ‘the skywalk is gone.’ It happens in Asia like that, things just disappear. People in their forties have no way of finding traces of their childhood. Modern people are afraid of disappearance.” ~Tsai Ming-Liang with Tyler Coburn

For more information about the Tsai Ming-Lian retrospective at the Museum of The Moving Image or to purchase tickets head over to http://www.movingimage.us/

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