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Ming-Liang Tsai

[ Tsai, Ming-Liang ]
Profile and general info
Name in native language: 蔡明亮
Family name: Tsai
Also known as: Choi Ming-Leung
Country: Taiwan
Birth date: Sunday, October 27, [58 years old]
Birth place: Kuchin, Malasia
Bio
Tsai Ming-liang was born in 1957 in Malaysia. He studied drama and film at the Chinese Culture University, Taiwan. Before his debut in the film industry, Tsai was working mainly for theatre, television production, screenwriting and drama education. Tsai met Lee Kang-sheng by chance outside a video game shop and Lee became his favorite actor quickly, even without any formal training in acting. Tsai wrote his debut feature film, Rebels of the Neon God (1992) based on Lee's personality and Lee's role, Hsiao Kang, has been the central character in all subsequent films of Tsai.
Trivia
  • His favorite film is François Truffaut's Les quatre cents coups (1959), featured in Ni na bian ji dian (2001), which also features Jean-Pierre Léaud in a cameo appearance.
  • Met Kang-sheng Lee, his on-screen alter ego, at a video-game arcade.
  • In 2003, was voted by UK newspaper The Guardian as #18 of the 40 Best Directors in the World.
  • Retrospective at the 42nd Gij
Filmography
As an actor:
  • 2009 Taipei 24H
  • 2003 Ultimo bagliore e nulla
  • 2009 Hu die fu ren
  • 2006 Hei yan quan
  • 2007 Bang bang wo ai shen
  • 2009 Fleurs dans le miroir, lune dans l'eau
  • 2002 Looking for Tsai
  • 1998 Naamsaang-neuiseung
As a director:
  • 2009 Hu die fu ren
  • 2009 Visage
  • 2007 Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence
  • 2006 Hei yan quan
  • 2005 Tian bian yi duo yun
  • 2004 Bem-Vindo a São Paulo
  • 2003 Bu san
  • 2002 Tian qiao bu jian le
  • 2001 Ni na bian ji dian
  • 2001 Fish, Underground
  • 1998 Dong
  • 1997 He liu
  • 1995 Wo xin renshi de pengyou
  • 1994 Ai qing wan sui
  • 1993 Qing shao nian nuo zha
  • 1991 Xiao hai
  • 1989 All the Corners of the World
  • 2009 Visage
  • 2006 Hei yan quan
  • 2005 Tian bian yi duo yun
  • 2003 Bu san
  • 2002 Tian qiao bu jian le
  • 2001 Ni na bian ji dian
  • 1998 Dong
  • 1997 He liu
  • 1994 Ai qing wan sui
  • 1993 Qing shao nian nuo zha
  • 1985 Yang chun lao ba
  • 1984 Ce ma ru lin
  • 2009 Visage
  • 2007 Bang bang wo ai shen
  • 2003 Bu jian
  • 2009 Taipei 24H
  • 2003 Ultimo bagliore e nulla
  • 2009 Hu die fu ren
  • 2006 Hei yan quan
  • 2007 Bang bang wo ai shen
  • 2009 Fleurs dans le miroir, lune dans l'eau
  • 2002 Looking for Tsai
  • 1998 Naamsaang-neuiseung
As a producer:
  • 2009 Visage
  • 2007 Bang bang wo ai shen
  • 2003 Bu jian
  • 2009 Taipei 24H
  • 2003 Ultimo bagliore e nulla
  • 2009 Hu die fu ren
  • 2006 Hei yan quan
  • 2007 Bang bang wo ai shen
  • 2009 Fleurs dans le miroir, lune dans l'eau
  • 2002 Looking for Tsai
  • 1998 Naamsaang-neuiseung
Self:
  • 2009 Fleurs dans le miroir, lune dans l'eau
  • 2002 Looking for Tsai
  • 1998 Naamsaang-neuiseung

Videos

External links

Tsai Ming-liang biography at Senses of Cinema
link to: http://archive.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/03/tsai.html
«At twenty, after finishing high school and becoming “a bit of a gigolo”, Tsai left Kuching at his father's prodding and resettled in Taiwan, where he entered Taipei's Chinese Culture University to study film and drama. (3) There, he was first exposed to European cinema and, specifically, to auteurs ...» (show all)
From Rebels of a Neon God to Visage: Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng, by Lu Lu
link to: http://asiapacificarts.usc.edu/w_apa/showarticle.aspx?articleID=10228&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
«APA: [You've mentioned that every director has his own fate. What do you think is your place in Chinese film?] After the screening of Face in New York [Nov. 15 2009], a Taiwanese film student asked my translator to pass his story onto me: When he was 16, his mother kicked him out of the house, an...» (show all)
Tsai Ming-liang interview at A.V. club (The Onion)
link to: http://www.avclub.com/articles/tsai-mingliang,13756/
«The Onion: How did you and Lee Kang-sheng begin collaborating? Tsai Ming-liang: In 1991, I was producing a TV show, a half-hour drama about a junior-high-school student, and I was looking for a new face for the lead role. On the streets one afternoon, I happened upon this young man sitting quietl...» (show all)
Tsai Ming-liang filmography at filmref.com, by Acquarello
link to: http://www.filmref.com/directors/dirpages/tsai.html
«Tsai Ming-liang presents a harrowing, austere, and poignant examination of urban decay, amorality, ennui, and alienation in Rebels of the Neon God. Introducing recurring elements that would come to define the essence of Tsai's droll, minimalist, and idiosyncratic cinema, Rebels of the Neon God is a ...» (show all)
Creativity + A Search for Truth = Box Office Rewards? [A talk with Director Tsai Ming-Liang]
link to: http://www.taiwanfun.com/central/taichung/recreation/0205/0205ccTsaiMingLiang.htm
«A lot of people who criticize me haven't even seen my movies. At a Government Information Office meeting, one official said, 'Tsai MIng-Liang, we don't understand your films.' Others have said, 'Don't subsidize any more of his films because his favorite theme is homosexuality and his main audience i...» (show all)
A Conversation With God, Tsai Ming-liang, TAIWAN, 2001, video, 30'
link to: http://www.tofu-magazine.net/newVersion/pages/Conversation With God.html
«The original subject intended for this film was a spiritual medium who was unbelievably accurate. Tsai Ming-liang jumped on his 50cc motorbike, equipped with a DV camera ready to shoot her, to see whether the god would speak to his camera. But on the way, he was caught in a traffic jam of people gat...» (show all)

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Movies

Filmography

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producer

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writer/director

Year: 2005

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Ni Neibian Jidian

writer/director

Year: 2001

 




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