For decades 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. Days is one of his best, sparest, 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 (Anong Houngheuangsy) working in Bangkok 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.
BLU-RAY DISC ONE
• Days (2020, 127 minutes), a film by Tsai Ming-liang • Press Conference with Tsai Ming-liang, Lee Kang-sheng and Anong Houngheuangsy following the world premiere of Days at the 2020 Berlinale (33 minutes) • U.S. Theatrical Trailer
BLU-RAY DISC TWO
•Afternoon (2015, 137 minutes), a feature documentary by Tsai Ming-liang with actor Lee Kang-sheng • Wandering (2021, 34 minutes), a new short film by Tsai Ming-liang • New video interview with director Tsai Ming-liang (30 minutes) • “Director Tsai’s Cafe Gallerie,” an image gallery featuring exhibition posters and photographs from the Taiwanese cinema operated by Tsai Ming-liang between 2011 and 2014
Plus, a limited edition slipcase with alternate black & white poster art (1000 print run only)
On over a dozenTen Best Films of the Yearlists, includingLos Angeles Times,Rolling Stone,Sight & Sound,Reverse Shot,Hyperallergic,Film Comment(Critic's Poll), and more!
"Over the past thirty years, Tsai and Lee have createda body of work unlike any other in world cinema, capturing urban ennui and desire amid the ethereal, neon-lit dreamscapes of Taipei and other Asian metropolises." –Dennis Zhou, The New Yorker
"A masterpiece." – K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone
"A quietly aching stunner from one of our great filmmakers. Gorgeously sensual. WithDays, 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.“ –Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com
“Daysis an act of love, an expression of commitment—to a man, to an image, and to the cinematic medium.What Tsai Ming-liang has done for a generation of movie-watchers is incalculable; his films have been nothing less than a reconstitution of how, where, and why we look.” –Michael Koresky, Reverse Shot