The RiverDirector: Tsai Ming-Liang
Tsai Ming-Liang's The River, the Taiwanese master's third feature, opens with a chance encounter between Xiao-Kang (Lee Kang-Sheng) and an old friend (Chen Shiang-Chyi), an unexpected meeting that sets this bleak and ultimately disturbing film on its course. Persuaded to accompany his friend to a film set where she works as a production assistant, Xiao-Kang is/i>… See more details below
Tsai Ming-Liang's The River, the Taiwanese master's third feature, opens with a chance encounter between Xiao-Kang (Lee Kang-Sheng) and an old friend (Chen Shiang-Chyi), an unexpected meeting that sets this bleak and ultimately disturbing film on its course. Persuaded to accompany his friend to a film set where she works as a production assistant, Xiao-Kang is recruited by the director to play a corpse floating in a polluted river. After the shoot, Xiao-Kang struggles to wash the river's stench off -- and begins to feel a twinge in his neck. Meanwhile, the movie shifts its attention to two other people, a middle-aged woman (Lu Hsiao-Ling) working as an elevator operator in a restaurant, and a man (Miao Tien) who alternates his time at McDonald's and a gay bathhouse. It's eventually revealed that the two are Xiao-Kang's parents, and that the three of them live together in a Taipei apartment building that's as much in need of repair as their relationship. As Xiao-Kang's neck pain lingers, the parents grow increasingly concerned and help him seek relief in both science and superstition, to no avail. A trip to a provincial healer becomes the last resort for the ailing Xiao-Kang and occasions a devastating twist that brings the movie to an unsettling close.
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Cast & Crew
|Lee Kang-Sheng||Lee Xiao-Kang|
|Chen Chao-Jung||Young Man At Sauna|
|Chen Shiang-Chyi||Xiao-Kang's Girlfriend|
|Lu Chiao-Lin||Mother's Lover|
|Ann Huei||Film Director|
|Ku Chia-Chao||Production Designer|
|Yang Chin-An||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Chung Hu-Ping||Executive Producer|
|Wang Ming-Tai||Asst. Director|
|Lee Paolin||Production Designer|
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I wish I could give this movie less than 1 star because the correct rating would be ZERO stars. Hands down the worst movie I have ever seen... I wasted both my money and my time with it. It absolutely stinks...
The River is one the greatest movie ever made in the new asian cinema. It is not an easy movie of course, but if you allow yourself to follow its logic and poetry The River is a film to cherish and praise. This story about a disfuncionally family goes beyond the american independent cliché family; Taipei capitalism is protrayed by this family whose life seems to be sensesless and hopeless. Sex, the last drive to resist against this social nihilism, is even a worse choice when father and son will find out what chance can bring about. With What time is it there, The River is the Tsai' best film. A kind of East Antonioni, Tsai points out the hole of being or the urban angst in Tapei's contemporary life; When one of the caracther cries his tears are the ultimate gramatic of the urban soul: no redemption although truth shrines through it and somehow makes us feel stronger and alive.
I am confused as to what happened in the sauna. It's obvious what happened, physically...but did either one of them know who the other was?? I know the father was upset, but was that anger after the fact? Did he want to help his son so bad that he did what he did, then afterwards feel guilty about it? And what happened at the end. Kinda confusing, and very disturbing.