- VR Film
Having earned his well-deserved reputation as Taiwan’s leading master of cinema, Tsai Ming-Liang has in recent years expanded his work in film and ventured into theater and art as he continues to captivate fans across the world, Japan included. The Deserted, his first VR venture, premiered in the Venice Film Festival’s VR section to critical acclaim. The work uses Vive Pro, a VR system developed by Taiwan’s pioneering tech company HTC. Viewers take part in the film with a 360-degree perspective, which creates a visceral, powerful experience.
Set in a ruined house in a forest, the film’s protagonist, played by Lee Kang-sheng, sluggishly recuperates from a mysterious illness. He is unable to eat anything, and while women occasionally appear before him, the only being he can confide in is the fish he keeps in his bathtub. Without dialogue from beginning to end, the film portrays the surreal house and traces of the people, spirits, and natural phenomena that inhabit the woods. A storm arrives and from there, the narrative takes a sudden turn. As viewers are immersed in the cinematic poem, taking it in with all five of their senses, they may soon feel like one of the ghostly figures floating through the story.
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.
February 11th [Thu]-21st [Sun]
Days off | February 15th [Mon], 16th [Tue]
approx. 50 min.
*Tickets are valid for one performance only.
6F ANB Tokyo
5-2-4 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
How to Participate
Show general admission pass on entry.
– Number of places: 16
Cast | Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Yin Shin, Lu Yi-Ching
Director | Tsai Ming-Liang
Screenwriter | Tsai Ming-Liang, Claude Wang
Executive Producers | Cher Wang, Liu Szu-Ming
Producer | Claude Wang
Co-Producer | Christine Chiang
Director of Photography | Sung Wen-Chung
Technical Coordinator | Jack Huang
Gaffer | Ian Ku
Production Designers | Kao Jun-Honn, Lee Tien-Chueh, Tsai Ming-Liang
Costume Designer | Wang Chia-Hui
Sound Designer | Dennis Tsao
Recordists | Lee Yu-Chih, Lee Po-Yao
Production Manager | Yaya Yeh
Post-Production Coordinator | Tommy Chang
Editor | Jack Huang
International Marketing | Lin Fang-Hsu, Hsiao Pei-Wen, Mao Lee-Tzu
Presented by HTC VIVE
In association with JAUNT CHINA STUDIO
Produced by Liu Szu-Ming, James Fong
Production | HOMEGREEN FILMS
Co-Production | HTC VIVE ORIGINALS, JAUNT CHINA STUDIO, G.C. ENTERTAINMENT
With the support of BUREAU OF AUDIOVISUAL AND MUSIC INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT, MOC
International Sales | HTC VIVE ORIGINALS
Screening in Tokyo
Translation Support | Yuko Higuchi
Venue Support | ANB Tokyo (Tokyo Art Acceleration [TAA])
Equipment Support | HTC NIPPON Corp.,
With the support of Taiwan Cultural Center, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan