What Time is it There?
A young man sells watches on the streets of Taipei for a living. After the death of his father his mother has become an emotional basketcase. At the same time he meets a young woman who leaves for Paris the very next day, but who ends up changing his life in unpredictable ways.
Tsai Ming-Liang was born in Malaysia in 1957, and graduated from the drama department of the Chinese Cultural University of Taiwan in 1982. After graduation he worked as a theatre director, screen writer and producer. Ming-Liang is, together with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang, regarded as one of the leading directors from Taiwan. Since his directing debut with REBELS OF THE NEON GOD in 1992 he has made eight films, which in one way or
another are connected to each other. His filmography include the award winning films: VIVE L’AMOUR (1994), THE RIVER (1997), DONG (1998), WHAT TIME IS IT THERE (2001) and GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (2003). In all his films he uses the actor Lee Kang-Sheng, which he accidentally met in a gaming hall. His latest release THE WAYWARD CLOUD won three awards at the Berlin film festival.