Winner of the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, Berlin Film Festival 2005
"high comedy, high-camp musical numbers and a vast amount of hardcore porn."
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN
"cinematic invention and balls-to-the-wall daring... I loved it."
Tim Robey, DAILY TELEGRAPH
"makes 'Last Tango in Paris' seem very coy"
Internationally acclaimed auteur Tsai Ming Liang helms this outrageous blend of sex, comedy, musical and drama. It went down a storm at the London Film Festival, leaving some audience members completely stunned. Daring, controversial and very funny.
Taiwan is beset by a terrible water shortage. TV stations are advising the population to economise drastically, and to drink watermelon juice. But, as always, people are finding their own solutions to the drought.
Shiang-Chyi secretly fills discarded bottles in public toilets, while Hsiao-Kang takes midnight baths in rooftop storage tanks. They drift like clouds, never touching. Survival is hard, but loneliness is impossible to bear.
Shiang-Chyi finds a watermelon, and on the same day encounters Hsiao-Kang. She remembers buying a watch from him when he worked as a street vendor. He's a porno actor now, but she doesn't know that yet…
Bonus features include an exclusive in-depth interview with Tsai Ming-Liang by the writer and critic, Tony Rayns.