Journey to the West (Xi You)

Feature Film | FR, TWN 2014 | 56' | Subtitled English

A buddhist monk moves. A Western man rises and follows him. In 14 beautiful shots their fragile bodies edge through the frame – but they move in a kind of super-slow motion, while around them the metropolis Marseille bustles with its everyday life. It’s not the first time the Chinese-Malaysian master director Tsai Ming-liang sends his perennial protagonist Lee Kang-sheng on a journey as a red-clad slo-mo monk, but in this 60 minute film version, where he is for the first time accompanied by French body genius Denis Lavant, an initial curiosity and absurdist humour give way to a meditative pull, a complete immersion into the slowness of the images. From the eight minute close-up of the immovable face of Lavant to the ten minute staircase scene, this film is a trance of wonderfully composed images, seasoned with some minimalist music. When you access this masterpiece you will see the world through different eyes – and in a different speed.

Director
Tsaï Ming Liang
Script
Tsaï Ming Liang
Producers
Vincent Wang, Fred Bellaïche
Co-Producers
Antonin Dedet, Samuel Tronçon
Photography
Antoine Heberlé
Editor
Lei Zhen Qing
Sound
Frédéric Salles, Xavier Dreyfuss
Music
Sébastien Mauro
Costume Designer
Wang Cia Hui
Principal Cast
Lee Kang Sheng, Denis Lavant

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Selected filmography Tsaï Ming Liang

THE HOLE (1998), GOOD BYE, DRAGON INN (2003), I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE (2006), STRAY DOGS (2013)