Days. 2020. Taiwan. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. With Lee Kang-Sheng, Anong Houngheuangsy. DCP. 127 min.
More than 20 years after the making of The River (1997), Lee Kang-Sheng once again appears in a Tsai Ming-Liang film with a neck ailment, which the actor has suffered from on and off for years in real life. The mundane continues to draw Tsai’s ever-observant camera in Days; while Lee’s middle-aged character seeks various medical treatments, a young man meticulously prepares a meal in a small apartment. The two eventually meet in a hotel room in Bangkok, where they share a tender moment. Almost totally dialogue-free—and intentionally lacking subtitles—the film quietly observes two solitary figures and a rare moment of solace.