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Feature Friday: “What Time Is It There?” (2001)


If this is to be your final day on earth, then this is as fine a final film to watch as any other. Finer, even.

It’s the first Tsai Ming-Liang film that I saw. Afterwards, I went and watched all his other films, and have kept up with him ever since. He’s one of my favorite living directors.

I hope you have the same experience.

(Here’s something I wrote about a later film of his, Visage.)

What Time Is It There? (Ni na bian ji dian) (2001)

Directed by Tsai Ming-liang

Written by Pi-ying Yang and Tsai Ming-liang

Cinematography by Benoît Delhomme

Starring Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Yi-Ching Lu, Tien Miao, and Jean-Pierre Léaud


  • A. D. Jameson is the author of five books, most recently I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING: STAR WARS AND THE TRIUMPH OF GEEK CULTURE and CINEMAPS: AN ATLAS OF 35 GREAT MOVIES (with artist Andrew DeGraff). Last May, he received his Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the Program for Writers at UIC.

4 thoughts on “Feature Friday: “What Time Is It There?” (2001)

      1. Actually–The River might be my favorite because that one was my first…I love the bizarre, inexplicable nature of it.

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