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Hei yan quan (2006)

A day laborer is badly beaten, and a young man nurses him back to health.

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Coffee-shop Waitress
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Rawang
Pearlly Chua ...
Coffee-Shop Boss
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Coffee-Shop Tea Maker
Leonard Tee ...
Light Seller
Su-Yee Toh ...
Boss's Second Son (as Samantha Toh Su-Yee)
Kok-Fai Chiew ...
Boss's Grandson
Rong-Sin Chan ...
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Kok-Choy Loh ...
Financier
Shiva ...
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Rusli Bin Abdul Rahim ...
Hooligan
Azman Hassan ...
Hooligan (as Azman Bin Muhammad Hasan)
Hariry Jalil ...
Hooligan (as Muhammad Hariry Abdul Jalil)
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Forest fires burn in Sumatra; a smoke covers Kuala Lumpur. Grifters beat an immigrant day laborer and leave him on the streets. Rawang, a young man, finds him, carries him home, cares for him, and sleeps next to him. In a loft above lives a waitress. She sometimes provides care and attention. More violence seems a constant possibility. They find another man abandoned on the street, paralyzed. They carry him. While no one speaks to each other, sounds dominate: coughing, cooking, coupling, opening bags; music and news reports on a radio, the rattle and buzz of a restaurant. It's dark in the city at night. We see down hallways, through doors, down alleys. Who sleeps with whom? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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23 March 2007 (Taiwan)  »

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$4,377 (USA) (11 May 2007)

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$19,136 (USA) (27 July 2007)
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2007 (#10, tied with "Ne touchez pas à la hache" and "Sang sattawat") See more »

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24 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am always a little surprised to see negative reviews of Tsai Ming-Liang films in web communities populated by film enthusiasts. And that's not because I'm about to argue that all film enthusiasts should like Tsai Ming-Liang movies, far from it. Rather, what surprises me is that film enthusiasts -- people motivated enough to have IMDb logins and, further, motivated enough to write reviews -- would be unfamiliar enough with Tsai Ming-Liang and his work, prior to viewing any particular film, that they could end up being surprised by what they get. Like all of Liang's films, this is a very, very, VERY quiet movie. That's the whole point: long takes, minimal dialog, you get out of it what you're prepared to concentrate hard enough on to see the subtlety of. I own all of his films and I watch them again and again -- and that doesn't make me a better person than the other reviewer, either. He's an acquired taste and if you don't like quiet, light-brush-stroke movies you won't like this guy's stuff. But I can't imagine anyone not knowing all of that before they start, and then complaining about it afterward.


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