Taiwanese director Tsai Mingliang has been among the most profound voices in world cinema over the past quartercentury, making this overview of his work — the most comprehensive Tsai showcase in New York to date — perhaps the crucial repertory event of the season. Tsai’s mesmerizing features range from a pornindustry study peppered with musical numbers (2005’s The Wayward Cloud) to a glacial wuxia epic (2003’s Goodbye, Dragon Inn) to the recent, despairing Stray Dogs (2013). If you attend enough of these, you’ll become well acquainted with Tsai’s favorite actor, Lee Kangsheng, who embodies both the director’s anguish and his singular humor.
April 10-26, 7 p.m., 2015
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 22, 2015