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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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.
Did Walker walk all the way from Taiwan to France? Or did he fly? If so, how long did it take him to board the plane? How many hours before the flight left did he have to wake up to get to the airport on time? Did he annoy and anger the passengers and flight attendants, or did they respond to him with awed deference? Very sloppy, Tsai, not answering these questions.
Aqui, a imagem se fragmenta em uma pluralidade de níveis e sucessivamente se alterna em diversas emoções: Ora o monge, andando sonambulo por tantas pessoas apressadas, aceleradas que são pela rotina da cidade. Ora os carros, os bondes, a tela se enchendo de movimento horizontal. E ali, e sempre, como se fosse um manequim, o monge vê, o monge anda. E tudo está congelado. É a desaceleração total de nossos sentidos
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