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THE WAYWARD CLOUD
Chauncey -Theater 2
Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 10:00 PM
The city of Taipei faces a water shortage that makes the sales of watermelons skyrocket, while fantasy song and dance numbers help tell the story of two young lovers. Presented as a part of the Bijou After Hours program. FREE for UI students (present student ID at the box office) and $7.00 for the public.
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Presented by the Bijou Film Board, and as part of Bijou's After Hours program.
FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $7.00 for the general public!

"Fans of the obscene, the experimental, and the outrageous should make every effort to get along." - BBC

"The Taiwanese sex musical 'The Wayward Cloud' is notable for its bizarre use of watermelons. I won't give you the details because my editor would just cut them out." - New York Post

"A curiously compelling and impossible to pigeonhole romantic romp which blurs the line between pornography and legit cinema in magnificent fashion." - NewsBlaze

Metaphor, allegory. There's a drought in Taiwan. Watermelons are abundant and become juice, food, something to share with a guest, and an aphrodisiac. In a large building of flats, Hsiao-Kang and Shiang-Chyi's paths cross; she knew him from when he sold watches, now he acts in pornographic films. Fantasy song and dance numbers punctuate the character's nearly aimless pursuits: she scavenges for plastic water bottles; he bathes in the building's cistern; he naps in a park, she watches; he smokes on the floor beneath her kitchen table while she sits. The subjects of love, sex, and lust in modern-day Taiwan are given a surreal, kaleidoscopic treatment in this experimental feature film by Tsai Ming-Liang.