Journey to the West (Xi You)
- 56 min
- Directed by: Stephen Chow/Chi-kin Kwok
- Written by: Stephen Chow/Chi-kin Kwok
- Cast: Zhang Wen, Qi Shu, Bo Huang
This film is not currently showing in cinemas.
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 West3 Jul 2014
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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