Tsai Ming-liang's The Night is now showing exclusively on MUBI starting September 22, 2022, in the series Brief Encounters.
The title of the film, The Night, is inspired by an old Chinese song from the ’40s [“Liang ye bu neng liu”]. At the end of 2019, I was invited to share and perform some old songs in Hong Kong. It was a tumultuous time there. Growing up in southeast Asia, I was nurtured by Hong Kong, to say the least, and therefore, have always held Hong Kong dear to my heart. Witnessing the unexpected changes in the Pearl of the East, I could not help but feel an emotional stir. One night, I began filming the streetscape of Causeway Bay after the frenzy subsided, and thus came this short film.