Days

Tsai Ming-Liang
2020
127 minutes

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Description

The great Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang has been directing exquisite examinations of alienation, isolation, and the fleeting beauty of human connection featuring his muse Lee Kang-sheng for decades. His latest film, DAYS, will undoubtedly stand as one of his best, sparest, and most intimate works. Lee once again stars as a variation on himself, wandering through a lonely urban landscape and seeking treatment in Hong Kong for a chronic illness; at the same time, a young Laotian immigrant working in Bangkok, played by Anong Houngheuangsy, goes about his daily routine. These two solitary men eventually come together in a moment of healing, tenderness, and sexual release. Among the most cathartic entries in Tsai’s filmography, DAYS is a work of longing, constructed with the director’s customary brilliance at visual composition and shot through with profound empathy.

Reviews

"A quietly aching stunner from one of our great filmmakers. Gorgeously sensual. With DAYS, Tsai Ming-Liang has made something exquisite and rare: an elegiac, autumnal work that also feels like an artistic breakthrough." – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

"Four Stars! An extraordinary movie. Intoxicating. See it however and wherever you can, preferably with some strangers and with all the lights out." – Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

“Slow cinema god Tsai Ming-Liang returns with one of the year's most touching films. Grade: A-” – David Ehrlich, Indiewire

“An affair of pure rapture. A full body massage for the soul.” – Jonathan Romney, Film Comment