What time is it there? [videorecording] = Ni na bian ji dian / An Arena Films Production in association with Homegreen Films, Arte France Cinema with the participation of French National Center of Cinematography, Alla Film Telepiu ; produced by Bruno Pesery ; screenplay by Tsai Ming-Liang, Yang Pi-Ying ; directed by Tsai Ming-Liang.
Hxiao Kang sells watches on the streets of Taipei for a living. Shortly after his father's death, he meets a young woman who leaves for Paris the next day. He sells her his own watch which has two dials so she can keep time with both Paris and Taipei. His brief encounter with the young woman makes him run around setting all the watches in Taipei to Paris time.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Chinese dialogue, subtitled in English.
Director of photography, Benoît Delhomme ; editor, Chen Sheng-Chang ; sound, Du Tuu-Chih ; costume designer, Wang Chia-Hui ; production designer, Yip Kam Tim.
Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Lu Yi-Ching, Miao Tien, Cecilia Yip, Chen Chao-Jung, Tsai Guei, Jean-Pierre Léaud.
DVD format, Dolby digital.
Chicago Film Festival, 2001: Grand Jury Prize; Best Director (Tsai Ming-Liang); Best Cinematography (Benoît Delhomme).
Consensus: Though it requires patience to view, What Time Is It There?'s exploration of loneliness is both elegant and haunting.
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