Tsai Ming-Liang on Tsai Ming-Liang

Tsai Ming-Liang at the Asia Society in Nov. 2009. (Barbara Nelson)

NEW YORK, November 15-21, 2009 - Internationally-acclaimed, Taiwan-based film director Tsai Ming-Liang appeared in-person at the Asia Society for his film retrospective Faces of Tsai Ming-Liang, accompanied by actor Lee Kang-Sheng, who has appeared in every single Tsai film.

During a live discussion program and two post-screening Q&As conducted by series curator La Frances Hui, Senior Program Officer of Cultural Programs, Asia Society, the director talked about the making of his new film Face (2009), the recurring themes in his works, his creative process, and his long-term collaboration with Lee. Click on the links below to see videos and full reports:

Tsai Ming-Liang on Face (2009)
Tsai Ming-Liang on What Is Cinema
Tsai Ming-Liang on Loneliness, Alienation, Absurdity
Tsai Ming-Liang on Human Relationships, Sexual Desire
Tsai Ming-Liang on Realism, Dreams, Music
Tsai Ming Liang on Screenwriting
Tsai Ming-Liang on Lee Kang-Sheng: Actor as Muse

All reports compiled by La Frances Hui.
Live on-stage conversations translated by Vincent Cheng.
Transcript and video subtitles translated by La Frances Hui.


Asia Society's Faces of Tsai Ming-Liang film series (November 13-21, 2009) was co-presented with Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York. The series was part of Citi Series on Asian Art and Culture, sponsored by the Citi Foundation. Additional support was provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.