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1,674 Ratings

The Wayward Cloud

Tian bian yi duo yun

Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
Taiwan, 2005
Drama, Musical, Cult


The tender missed connection of What Time Is It There? has another chance in Taipei: Hsiao-Kang, now working as an adult movie actor, meets Shiang-chyi once again. Meanwhile, the city faces a water shortage that makes the sales of watermelons skyrocket. Can a distant love conquer (or save) all?

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The Wayward Cloud Directed by Tsai Ming-liang

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2005 | 2 wins including: Outstanding Artistic Achievement (Silver Bear)

Village Voice Film Poll

2005 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film

Critics reviews

Minimally plotted, circuitous and deeply strange, it is a film that springs some wholly unexpected and/or demented image on us at least every couple of minutes… [The] musical sequences have a curious, otherworldly rhythm, as if acted out in slow motion then speeded back up to regular pace in the edit. They are totally nuts, but will still leave you unprepared for the riskiness – the brazen, eye-widening shock value – of the set piece Tsai inflicts at the end.
June 12, 2015
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Hinged on the secrecy and privacy of Hsiao-Kang, it generates a comedy and a tragedy of unknownness at the same time, together exploring ‘the joys and sorrows of being alone and of being with someone else’, a quintessential quality of film musical (Rosenbaum, 1996). Indeed, although without stylized movements, the sequence acquires a ‘musical’ quality—it goes for the spirit, if not the letter, of choreography.
December 17, 2012
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This film pushes Tsai into heretofore unseen realms of visual flourish and experimentation. The Wayward Cloud feels like Tsai’s least perfect film . . . and also his boldest. With Tsai’s trademark precise, static, yet inexplicably energizing mise-en-scène, The Wayward Cloud unfolds with an otherworldly, almost dreamlike logic.
February 19, 2007
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