Commons Talk #1
"Presenting Tsai Ming-Liang"

  • Talk
  • Online-only event
©︎HTC VIVE ORIGINALS, photo by Chang Jhong-Yuan

An online conversation with Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-Liang, Commons Talk #1 will include detailed questions about the production process of VR film The Deserted; the artistic potential of virtual reality in video works; the post-pandemic world; and more. Yuko Nakamura, a film director and long-time viewer and reviewer of Tsai Ming-Liang’s work, will serve as interlocutor. We will also discuss the significance and prospects of incorporating virtual reality technologies into artistic creation.

Panelist | Tsai Ming-Liang (Film Director)
Interlocutor | Yuko Nakamura (Film Director, Writer)
Moderator | Chiaki Soma (Director of Theater Commons Tokyo)


Tsai Ming-Liang
Born in Malaysia in 1957, Tsai Ming-Liang is one of the most prominent film directors of the new cinema movement in Taiwan. In 1994, his film “Vive L’amour” was awarded the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, and this helped establish a place for him in the world of international film. In 2009, “Face” became the first film to be included in the collection of the Louvre Museum’s “Le Louvre s’offre aux cineastes.” It has since become the benchmark for films venturing into the world of art galleries. In recent years, Tsai Ming-Liang has also moved on to installation art. His works have been well-received in Venice, Shanghai, Nagoya. Since 2012, he has been working on a long project to film Lee Kang-Sheng’s slow walk, cooperating with various cities and organizations. To date, he has completed eight short works. His 10th full-length feature “Stray Dogs” (2013) was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival. In 2014, he presented the critically acclaimed theater work “The Monk from Tang Dynasty” in arts festivals in Brussels, Vienna, Gwangju and Taipei. That same year, Tsai made history by bringing his movie “Stray Dogs” at the Museum at MoNTUE, the Museum of National Taipei University of Education.

©︎HTC VIVE ORIGINALS, photo by Chang Jhong-Yuan

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February 16th [Tue] / 19:00-20:30

Performance times

90 min.



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Chinese (with Japanese interpretation)


Interpreter | Yuko Higuchi