Journey to the West (Xi You)

Journey to the West (Xi You)
  • 2013
  • China
  • 56min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Stephen Chow/Chi-kin Kwok
  • Written by: Stephen Chow/Chi-kin Kwok
  • Cast: Zhang Wen, Qi Shu, Bo Huang

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A powerful meditation on spiritual life and urban time and space.

A Buddhist monk in a bright red robe walks barefoot through the streets, subways and public squares of Marseille. His pace is incredibly slow, his concentration inflexible. Eventually, a follower appears to take up his path …

A hypnotic and staggeringly beautiful episode in Tsai Ming-liang's on-going Walker series of films (see also Letters from the South).

This film screens with Wang Bing's short film Traces (2014), a powerful visual study of the site of the Jiabiangou forced labour camp in the Gobi desert. (China, France/24 min)

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Journey to the West

3 Jul 20145 stars

An impressive, meditative work by Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang

Tsai Ming-liang’s Journey to the West focuses on a monk (Lee Kang-sheng) who in a vivid red robe moves across, towards, or away from the frame with the smallest of movements. The film is stunningly shot in a series of long, static takes often…

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