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What Time Is It There? (2001)

Ni na bian ji dian (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 26 September 2001 (France)
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A watch salesman meets a young woman soon leaving for Paris and becomes infatuated, so he begins to change all the clocks in Taipei to Paris time.

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Ming-liang Tsai
11 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Kang-sheng Lee ... Hsiao-kang
Shiang-chyi Chen ... Shiang-chyi
Yi-Ching Lu ... Mother
Tien Miao ... Father
Cecilia Yip ... Woman in Paris
Chao-jung Chen ... Man in Subway Station
Kuei Tsai Kuei Tsai ... Prostitute (as Guei Tsai)
Arthur Nauzyciel Arthur Nauzyciel ... Man at Phone Booth
David Ganansia David Ganansia ... Man at Restaurant
Chao-yi Tsai Chao-yi Tsai ... Clock Store Owner
Kuo-Cheng Huang Kuo-Cheng Huang ... Fat Boy
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Jean-Pierre / Man at the Cemetery
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Storyline

When a young street vendor with a grim home life meets a woman on her way to Paris, they forge an instant connection. He changes all the clocks in Taipei to French time; as he watches François Truffaut's "Les 400 Coups," she has a strange encounter with its now-aging star, Jean-Pierre Leaud. Written by amirmu

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Taiwan | France

Language:

Mandarin | French | Min Nan | English

Release Date:

26 September 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Qi dao si bai ji See more »

Filming Locations:

Taipei Hesien, Taiwan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,936, 21 January 2002

Gross USA:

$195,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$265,477
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The sequence in the cinema takes place in the same venue as Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003), and uses some of the same shots. See more »

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Father: Hsiao Kang? Hsiao Kang?
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FORGET PARIS as directed by Hollis Frampton?
19 January 2002 | by nunculusSee all my reviews

The method is that of the high-school science experiment: Tsai

Ming-Liang lines the camera up at an odd angle to the action,

locks it down, and puts together the ingredients of what might be a

scene--and which often turns out not to be. Organized in blocklike

scenes that land with a monumental thud, WHAT TIME IS IT

THERE? fascinates in the way its romantic-comedy premise lands

on the rocklike surface of its style and evaporates with a quiet hiss.

It seems there's this kid in Taipei--not a kid really, from some

angles he looks to be in his thirties, but babyfaced--who falls in

love with a girl who wants to be a "dual-time" watch. He sells her

his own watch so she can tell Taiwan time and also time in Paris--

where she is going for reasons unknown to us. The movie follows

her journey in the big Western city (which looks and feels exactly

like a New York City where people speak French) and the kid's

lonely mania at home, turning all the clocks he can find in Taipei to

Paris time. The kid's mom, obsessive over the imminent

reincarnation of the kid's recently deceased father, adds to the

Jihad-vs.-McWorld quality of Tsai's bicultural comedy.

There is really only one blatantly laugh-desiring moment in WHAT

TIME IS IT THERE?--the appearance of a fat flasher holding a

clock over his genitals, the hands springing to attention at 12:00. (It

suggests the horror-movie jack-in-the-box moments in a Richard

Foreman play.) I can scarcely think of another movie so brave in its

veering from one tone to another as this one. Tsai is one of those

courageous souls who makes up his own form absolutely from

scratch. The friend I saw the movie with commented on its

similarity to Antonioni, but Tsai's style is all his own--and his

structure too.

Like Duras, Tsai affords us the time to process the world in ways

we usually don't get to do in movies--with many of the toxins and

additives removed. And he invents the relationship of story to

meaning anew--no easy feat in this post-Memento, post-Mulholland age of high-tech narrative convolution. Tsai's

stories do not convolute at all; like the substances for which he

has become semi-hemi-famous, they flow freely. Tsai offers us

the freedom to look and look again.


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