A film by Tsai Ming-Liang, 2009

Genre: Drama

Languages: French, Chinese

Subtitles: English

Format: 1 :1.85

Sound: Dolby Digital

Duration: 137 min

Countries: France, Belgium, Netherlands, Taïwan

Year: 2009




A Taiwanese filmmaker makes a film based on the myth of Salomé. The story takes place at the Louvre. Even though he speaks neither French or English, he insists on giving the part of King Herod to the French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud. To give the film a chance at the box-office, the production company gives the part of Salomé to a world famous model. But as soon as film begins, the problems are arising. In all this confusion, the director suddenly learns of his mother’s death. The producer flies to Taipei, to attend the funeral. The director falls into a deep sleep where his mother’s spirit does not want to leave her old apartment The producer has no choice but to wait, alone and lost in a strange city. As after a very long trip, the shooting will resume with all the characters lost in the basement of the Louvre.



Director: Tsaï Ming-Liang
Script: Tsaï Ming-Liang et Vincent Wang
DOP: Liao Pen Jung
Sound: Roberto Van Eijden, Jean Mallet, Philippe Baudhuin
Editor: Jacques Comets
Artistic Management: Patrick Dechesne, Alain-Pascal Housiaux


Cast: Fanny Ardant, Laetitia Casta, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Lee Kang-Sheng, Jeanne Moreau, Nathalie Baye, Mathieu Amalric


Produced by Tarantula (Belgium), JBA Production (France), Homegreen Films (Taïwan), Le Musée du Louvre (France), Circe Films (The Netherlands), ARTE France cinéma, RTBF (Belgium).


Internationales sales : Fortissimo Films




Golden Horse Best Production Designer price at Taipei Film Festival 2010

Best Production Designer price at Hong-Kong Festival 2010

Choosen for competition at the 62rd Cannes International Film Festival 2009

Choosen for competition at the Toronto International Film Festival 2009

Choosen for competition at the Pusan International Film Festival 2009

Barcelona Asian Film Festival 2010

Buenos Aires International Film Festival 2010

Copenhague CPH PIX Film Festival 2010

Glasgow Film Festival 2010

Göteborg International Film Festival 2010

Istanbul International Film Festival 2010

Miami International Film Festival 2010

Pune International Film Festival 2010

Rotterdam International Film Festival 2010

Sofia International Film Festival 2010

Sydney Film Festival 2010

Era New Horizons Film Festival 2009

Baltic Pearl International Film Festival 2009

Rio International Film Festival 2009

Toronto International Film Festival 2009

Chicago International Film Festival 2009

Hawaï International Film Festival 2009

Hong Kong International Film Festival 2009

Catalunya Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2009

Vancouver International Film Festival 2009

Bangkok International Film Festival 2009

International Council of Museum (Louvre) 2009

Tallinn Black Night Film Festival 2009

Tokyo Filmex International Film Festival 2009



Tsai Ming-Liang was born and raised in Kuching, Malaysia. In 1977 he moved to Taiwan and went to on study film and drama at the Chinese Culture University. After graduation he wrote and staged plays, then for nearly ten years he worked in TV and developed scenarios, including THE KIDS, which marked his move towards cinema and during which he discovered his favorite actor Lee Kang-Sheng. With VIVE L’AMOUR, which won the Golden Lion Award at the 1994 Venice Film Festival, Tsai was acclaimed as a major new voice in Asian cinema. Over the series of films that followed, he came to be recognized as a new modern master of cinema to stand alongside his fellow Taiwanese Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang.