An older and a younger man spend a night in a hotel room. Their loneliness seems dispelled for a moment.
Kang leads the life of a bum, suffering from illness and pain. Then he meets Non; they find comfort in each other before breaking up and getting on with their lives again. Tsai's regular protagonist Lee Kang-sheng plays the older man, almost wordless. The camera meticulously records everyday actions, such as scraping a cucumber, a body being rubbed with oil. And the time? It passes as it passes, calmly.
What does it take to express human emotion? Filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang shows that you can achieve maximum effect with sparing cinematic resources. Rizi (competition Berlinale 2020) is Tsai's first fiction film since his 2015 stop as a feature film director. He subsequently realized the VR work The Deserted (2017) and the non-fiction film Your Face (2018).
Mandarin spoken, English subtitles