DENNIS SCHWARTZ Movie Reviews

AFTERNOON (NA RI XIA WU) (director: Tsai Ming-liang; cinematographer: Lai Tian-jian; editor: Lei Zhen-qing; cast:  Kang-sheng Lee, Tsai Ming-liang; Runtime: 137; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Claude Wang; Homegreen Films; 2015-Taiwan-in Mandarin with English subtitles)

"Most engaging."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

The acclaimed 58-year-old Malaysian-born, Taiwan-based auteur Tsai Ming-liang ("Rebels of the Neon God"/"Face"/"Stray Dogs") records a most engaging over two hour unscripted conversation with his favorite actor, business partner and housemate, the 48-year-old Lee Kang-sheng. Their talk, taking place one afternoon, in an unfurnished country house, covers a lot of topics that include their creative cinema collaborations, sexuality, thoughts about dying, cooking, Buddhism, favorite countries and how working together keeps them both motivated.

A single stationary camera records the action in this unique, passive and distinctly personal film. A film geared to fans of the two leads.

REVIEWED ON 6/8/2016       GRADE: B+

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