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05|The Deserted

Tsai Ming-Liang

2017 | VR | 56 mins |

The Deserted, Poster

Hsiao-Kang is recuperating from an illness in the mountains.

His late mother visits him and cooks for him.

But he is unable to eat the food.

A female ghost lives next door to him.

Like his mother, she’s unable to enter his life.

The only companion he can speak with

is a lone fish.

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TSAI Ming-Liang

Born in Malaysia in 1957, Tsai Ming-Liang is one of the most prominent film directors of the new cinema movement in Taiwan. In 1994, his film Vive L’ amour was awarded the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, and this helped establish a place for him in the world of international film. In 2009, Face became the first film to be included in the collection of the Louvre Museum’s “Le Louvre s'offre aux cineastes.” It has since become the benchmark for films venturing into the world of art galleries. His works have been well-received in Venice, Shanghai, Nagoya. Since 2012, he has been working on a long project to film Lee Kang-Sheng's slow walk, and has completed nine short works. His 10th full-length feature Stray Dogs (2013) was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival. In 2014, he presented the critically acclaimed theater work The Monk from Tang Dynasty in arts festivals in Brussels, Vienna, Gwangju and Taipei. That same year, Tsai made history by bringing his movie to art museums, presenting Stray Dogs at  MoNTUE, the Museum of National Taipei University of Education.

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