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I Don't Want To Sleep Alone [2006] [DVD]

Lee Kang-Sheng , Pearlly Chua , Tsai Ming-Liang    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lee Kang-Sheng, Pearlly Chua
  • Directors: Tsai Ming-Liang
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Malay
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Axiom Films International Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z9ED1I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,475 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Shooting for the first time in Malaysia after seven features set primarily in Taipei, director Tsai Ming-Liang returns to his birthplace with a film unlike any of his prior works. Different in texture, mood and feel, and featuring a cast of multi-cultural and multi-lingual characters, the vivid, crowded, neon-lit streets of Kuala Lumpur come alive as only master director Tsai Ming-Liang can capture... After being robbed and attacked one night in Kuala Lumpur, Hsiao-kang (Lee Kang-Sheng), a homeless Chinese man, is rescued and taken in by some itinerant workers. One of them, Rawang, lets him sleep beside him on an old mattress that he had found on the street. Later, when Chyi, a waitress at a coffee-shop, meets Hsiao-kang, she is filled with lustful desire. As Hsiao-kang slowly recovers, he finds himself caught between Rawang and Chyi as well as Chyi's female boss. Meanwhile, a heavy haze descends on the city. These men and women and the old mattress lose their way in the haze but find one another...

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DVD bonus features include an exclusive in-depth interview with Tsai Ming-Liang by the writer and critic Tony Rayns.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slowly does it 28 Feb 2008
By wabrit
Ever since his early break-through films like "Rebels of the Neon God" and "Vive L'Amour", Malaysian director Tsai Ming-Liang has definitely divided his audience; for every proclamation of genius, there's an accusation of boring self-indulgence. "I Don't Want to Sleep Alone" certainly isn't going to change that; all the familiar tropes are here, including long slow takes and almost total absence of dialogue.

In fact sometimes it feels as though the director is deliberately setting himself a challenge, to tell a story without words. That isn't to say he makes "silent" cinema - in fact the ambient sounds of the city and of people's daily activities (especially those linked to water, like washing or micturation) are what fill the soundtrack. But for those trying to get a narrative handle on things, this can make for a frustrating experience; only after reading several reviews did I fully grasp the relationship between the characters that play out the two parallel narrative threads that eventually intertwine (in one a man is assaulted and then nursed back to health by another man, in the other a waitress tends for the bed-ridden paralyzed son of her boss).

Admirers of Tsai-Ming Liang would probably argue (perhaps rightly) that I am missing the point here - narrative tension, character development are not really what is being strived for, but the spaces between people, the unspoken routine daily acts and the constant desire (and inability) to communicate with others. In many ways you could see this as the true cinematic equivalent of the "Nouveau Roman" - a way of telling stories that is almost all surface and no psychological depth; maybe Tsai Ming-Liang is the director Alain Robbe-Grillet always wanted to be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars atmospheric and erotic 21 Jun 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is not something to appeal to all tastes, and it is possibly the slowest-moving film I have ever seen - and yet it's still hard to follow! However I did find it quietly compelling, partly because it has some quite erotic sequences and tends towards the kinky, in line with the strangeness of the tone generally. The two men are very appealing, I think, and the Strand Releasing DVD has a cover which allows you to see this, and which piqued my curiosity. The British disc has a much less appealing cover, not because it shows three figures rather than a close-up of two, but because of the rather lurid green colour which doesn't feature in the film in any case. The American box is so much more alluring, and truer to the film. There are some very memorable images, for instance a man sitting by a pool of water in a building with a butterfly on his shoulder. Perhaps it would work better as a series of still photographs, really, as it is a bit like this anyway, but forces you to dwell at length on each shot. In relation to other contemporary Asian films with a gay aspect, I did much prefer it to Blissfully Yours, which I couldn't get on with at all, which is also very slow. This one seems far less whimsical. However it falls short of Lan Yu, I think, or The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros. To be recommended to the curious, and those who like the two men on the cover and their closeness!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good release in PAL 12 Oct 2011
This is far superior to the Strand release. You just have to be aware that it is in PAL. Compared to the Strand NTSC release, this version has the top and bottom cropped slightly, which really does not hurt the composition. I have never seen this film in the theater and, thus, don't know whether this was Mr. Tsai's original vision. A gorgeous film! Puzzling and intriguing as usual.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story of a Malaysian Mattress 14 April 2008
Migrant Indian worker in Kuala Lumpur finds mattress in street & takes it home. He cares for sick homeless Chinese man on the mattress. A young woman cares for her paralysed brother. The homeless Chinese man meets the young woman. Indian man, Chinese man & young woman end up sharing the mattress.
With a plot like that it could really only be a Tsai Ming-Liang film, with his usual inexorable working out of permutations of desire - & it's filmed in his trademark style: long slow slightly surreal scenes, virtually no dialogue. But Tsai's films are not the standard "minimalist" fare because they are actually very plot-driven, which is another way of saying they are not boring, but gradually become very involving, packed with latent tension & marked by unexpected (sometimes jaw-dropping) twists & turns.
This film has parallel plot-lines concerning people giving intensive care to helpless bodies. It is not merely that caring for someone is eroticised in the film, or a metaphor for sex, but the reverse - sex is a symptom of the primary fundamental human desire & need, which is to surrender completely to the care of another person (the director talks about this in the accompanying interview). Although often beautiful & droll, "I Don't Want to Sleep Alone" is occasionally quite disturbing or uncomfortable to watch. No other director has this ability to render physical intimacy & bodily (dys)functions (which could be off-putting to some viewers).
It's great that Axiom are releasing some Tsai films on DVD in the UK where his films have been unavailable. This is a decent edition with a fairly long & interesting filmed interview with the director. Let's hope Axiom also release Vive L'amour & Goodbye Dragon Inn.
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