Tsai Ming-Liang / 2020 / 127 minutes / Taiwan

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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.

  • "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
  • "Pure rapture. A full body massage for the soul."

    — Jonathan Romney, Film Comment
  • "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,
  • “Slow cinema god Tsai Ming-Liang returns with one of the year's most touching films. Grade: A-”

    — David Ehrlich, Indiewire
  • “A mesmerizing film that follows two men in desperate need of connection. One of Tsai’s most stripped down, direct, and moving works.”

    — Ryan Swen, Hyperallergic
  • "A profound, meditative poem on the human need for connection."

    — Greg Wetherall, Little White Lies
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