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The River
(He liu)

by TSAI Ming-liang

La Rivière

Hsiao-kang takes a swim in a heavily polluted river. Later, after falling off his motorcycle, he feels a strange and growing neck pain that turns him into a wreck. His father does his best to find a cure for him. At the same time, he is trying to repair a persistent leak dripping from his bedroom ceiling.

In all of Tsaï Ming-liang’s films, water is often a key element but, here, in The River, this obsession comes most clearly to the fore: the liquid state not only of the world, but also bodies, everything that oozes or overflows, cannot be contained or just flows away. The ambivalence of signs, threats, the indiscernible secretion and emanation of life.


  • Titre français
    La Rivière
  • Original title
    He liu
  • Titre international
    The River
  • Scénario
    Tsaï Ming-liang, Tsaï Yi-chun, Yang Pi-ying
  • Photo
    Liao Pen-jung
  • Interprétation
    Lee Kang-sheng, Miao Tien, Lu Yi-Ching
  • Producteur délégué
    Chiu Shun-Ching, Hsu Li-kong
  • Distribution
    Films sans frontières :
  • Support de projection
    35 mm
  • Sous-titrage
  • Ratio

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