Hand-crafted Films: In the Age of Film Industrialization 蔡明亮 // 手工電影:在電影工業的時代

  • DATE : 08/10/2020
  • TIME : 13:00–14:00
  • VENUE : Online Event

Taiwan Academy Lecture

Hand-crafted Films: In the Age of Film Industrialization 

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Lecture by Director Tsai Ming-Liang

Tsai Ming-liang has written and directed ten feature films and has also directed many short films and television films. Tsai is one of the most celebrated “Second New Wave” film directors of Taiwanese cinema. His films have been acclaimed worldwide and have won numerous awards at film festivals. 

Tsai’s film honours include a Golden Lion (best picture) for Vive L’Amour at the 51st Venice International Film Festival; the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize for The River at the 47th Berlin International Film Festival; the FIPRESCI award for The Hole at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival; and the Alfred Bauer Prize and Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for The Wayward Cloud at the 55th Berlin International Film Festival; the Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Venice International Film Festival for Stray Dog. In 1995, he was a member of the jury at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival.

In 2003, Tsai was voted by UK newspaper The Guardian as No. 18 of the 40 best directors in the world. In 2014, Tsai was named an officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the government of France.

Feature films

Short and mid-length films

  • Fish, Underground (or A Conversation with God) (2001)
  • The Skywalk Is Gone (2002)
  • Madame Butterfly (2008) – part of the Lucca Film Festival project “Twenty Puccini
  • No Form (2012) 
  • Diamond Sutra / Sleepwalk (2012) 
  • Xing Zai Shui Shang (2013)
  • Journey to the West (2014) 
  • Xiao Kang (2015) 
  • No No Sleep (2015) 
  • The Deserted (2017) 
  • Light (2019)


  • Welcome to São Paulo (2004) – “Aquarium”
  • To Each His Own Cinema (2007) – “It’s a Dream”
  • Beautiful 2012 (2012) – “Walker” 
  • Letters from the South (2013) – “Walking on Water” 
  • Beautiful 2015 (2015) – “No No Sleep” 


  • Sleeping on Dark Waters (2008)
  • Afternoon (2015) 
  • Your Face (2018) 


  • Endless Love (1989)
  • The Happy Weaver (1989)
  • Far Away (1989)
  • All Corners of the World (1989)
  • Li Hsiang’s Love Line (1990)
  • My Name is Mary (1990)
  • Ah-Hsiung’s First Love (1990)
  • Give Me a Home (1991)
  • Boys (1991)
  • Hsio Yueh’s Dowry (1991)
  • My New Friends (1995)

(Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsai_Ming-liang)


Tsai’s new project aims to transform the cinema into an art gallery where each screening could be an exhibition. He emphasizes the beauty and imperfections of each subject in his recent films who variously speak, stare, and, at one point, sleep as the camera quietly registers the weight of personal history and accumulated experience writ beautifully across every last pore and crevasse. The first part of the lecture will focus on Tsai’s thoughts between art and film, cinema and museum and the challenges for the makers of ‘artisanal film”. The episodes in Tsai’s recent films will be screened along with the conversation.