Single Belief. 2016. Taiwan. Directed by Lee Kang-Sheng. Produced by Tsai Ming-Liang. With Lee Kang-Sheng. DCP. No dialogue. 15 min.
In Afternoon, a documentary that features a single conversation between Tsai Ming-Liang and Lee Kang-Sheng, Lee jokingly laments his scrubby presence in Tsai’s pictures. In this short film, directed by Lee and produced by Tsai, Lee dresses up as a suave, glossy fashionista, posing in portrait mode in different parts of Ximending, a busy nightlife/shopping district in Taipei. This is in stark contrast to his appearance in Tsai’s Walker series, in which Lee dresses as an unadorned Buddhist monk walking slowly through crowded streets.
The Missing. 2003. Taiwan. Directed by Lee Kang-Sheng. Produced by Tsai Ming-Liang. With Lu Yi-Ching, Miao Tien. 35mm. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 87 min.
Lu Yi-Ching, a regular in Tsai Ming-Liang’s films, plays a grandmother who has lost her grandchild in a park. A sympathetic camera follows the desperate grandma tightly, as she runs all over in search of the missing child—including to a crematorium, where she channels the help of her late husband.