Stray Dogs (Jiao you)

Part of Tsai Ming-liang
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Dir. Tsai Ming-liang. 2013, 138 mins. DCP. With Chen Shiang-chyi, Lee
Kang-sheng, Lee Yi-cheng. Tsai’s most majestically desolate feature stars Lee Kang-sheng as a father caring for two young children despite dire poverty, all living in a shipping container while he works as a human signpost to advertise luxury real estate. Keeping the exact nature of interrelationships willfully vague—Why does a female grocery store clerk take a matronly attitude towards the children? How do they land in this bleak, waterlogged apartment with their mother?—Tsai proceeds with a sort of dream-logic to a mysterious, cathartic conclusion that seems to summarize his body of work from Vive L’Amour to Goodbye, Dragon Inn.

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