JOURNEY TO THE WEST (5/21, 8PM)

Directed by: Tsai Ming-liang

May
21
Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago , IL

An immersive and transporting experience directed by Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang (Stray Dogs, Viva L'Amour), JOURNEY TO THE WEST focuses on the figure of the Walker. A carmine-robed monk, played by Tsai’s perpetual lead actor and muse, Lee Kang-sheng, and loosely based on the life of Xuanzang, a seventh-century Buddhist monk who painstakingly traversed Asia for seventeen years in search of "the void." Moving through various landscapes, both urban and natural, with eyes downcast and palms upwards, the Walker proceeds at an excruciatingly slow, nearly imperceptible pace, his brilliant red vestments and near-stillness transfiguring the environments through which he travels. (2014, 56 min., digital)

Duration: 
56min