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Tsai Ming-liang: Afternoon

Tsai Ming-liang Afternoon 2015, production still. Photo: Chen Chien-Chung. Courtesy Homegreen Films

Witness a deeply personal filmed conversation between the filmmaker and his long-time collaborator, Lee Kang-sheng​

The Tsai Ming-liang: The Deserted film series closes with the UK premiere of his most touching and personal film, Afternoon. The feature-length film captures a ruminative conversation between Tsai and Lee Kang-sheng, the actor who has appeared in all of Tsai’s films, and with whom he now cohabits in a mountainside home. It is shot in a raw, near-ruin of a room of their shared house whose open-air windows extend the view out to the lush greenery of the surrounding mountains and afternoon sky. Recorded soon after Tsai first announced plans to retire from filmmaking, the film is a moment to consider his and Lee’s intertwined careers, collaboration and friendship. Tsai does most of the talking, expressing his great praise for Lee’s work, and divulging his own poor health, his queer identity, spirituality and thoughts on the afterlife.


Curatorial introduction

Afternoon Taiwan 2015, DCP, colour, sound, 137 min, Mandarin with English subtitles

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Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

7 April 2019 at 17.00–19.40



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A series ticket for all five events in this series is available for £35 (£25 concessions). Call to book: 020 7887 8888 (9.45–18.00 daily).

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