Xi You represents another edition of the director’s series of short films that expand Lee Kang-sheng’s thirty minute slow walking performance at Taipei’s National Theatre into a ‘slow walking expedition’.
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First of all thank you @MUBI for treating us to a Tsai Ming-Liang film this holiday season! I am really ending the year in the best way. There is something hypnotic about Tsai Ming-Liang films including this, and how he lets you observe every detail, every passerby, every emotion, until you're completely absorbed. And Lee Kang-Sheng is the perfect creature for them. I hope to watch the rest of the Walker series here!
Truly a contemplative masterpiece! Take the scene where the monk descends a darkened outer stairway: such is the glacial pace of the monk's descent, one's attention is drawn to the gentle swirl of minute flies caught in a ray of sunlight. They glint almost imperceptibly like specks of gold, creating a moment of everyday sublimity barely observed at everyday pace.
Incredible film and an even more incredible performance, what dedication. I wonder how much the scenes were scripted, they look very much like they were not. There is tremendous variety in the scenes and some great characters
Equal parts cinema and embodied manifesto. Radical placidity as not just personal politic or even passive resistance but also triumphant subversion. An aesthetic and sensory challenge to utility and the narrow neglect of the whole. Presence as ethic; experience as something like art.
FNC '14 Did you ever have the feeling a filmmaker is trying to make a fool of you? Tsai made some of the finest films of the nineties but his 'Walker' series despite its half baked philosophies and historical context just seems to be a exercise made for the gallery snobs to drop accolades on with nothing really under its surface image. Imagine pitching this film to a producer. Solid filmmaking however technically.