English Release dateSeptember 29, 2001 (USA) WriterMing-liang Tsai, Pi-ying Yang Initial releaseSeptember 26, 2001 (France) SequelsThe Skywalk Is Gone, The Wayward Cloud ScreenplayTsai Ming-liang, Pi-ying Yang CastLee Kang-sheng (Hsiao-kang), Chen Shiang-chyi (Shiang-chyi), Lu Yi-ching (Mother), Tien Miao (Father), Cecilia Yip (Woman in Paris), Chen Chao-jung (Man in Subway Station) Similar moviesRelated Tsai Ming-liang movies
A street vendor (Lee Kang-sheng) with a grim home-life forges a connection with a young woman (Shiang-chyi Chen) on her way to Paris.
What Time Is It There? (Chinese:???????) is a 2001 film directed by Tsai Ming-liang. It stars Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Shiang-chyi, and Lu Yi-Ching.
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
The film tells two parallel stories, one about the life of a street vendor (Lee) following the death of his father; the other about a woman he meets briefly (Chen) as she heads off on a trip of uncertain duration to Paris. Lees character, who sells watches on the streets of Taipei, sells his own watch to Chen and then finds himself overcome by a desire to set every clock he sees to Paris time.
Jean-Pierre Leaud, the lead actor in Francois Truffauts The 400 Blows, has a cameo appearance in this film.
Lee Kang-sheng - Hsiao-kang
Chen Shiang-chyi - Shiang-chyi
Lu Yi-Ching - Mother
Miao Tien - Father
Cecilia Yip - Woman in Paris
Chen Chao-jung - Man in Subway Station
Tsai Guei - Prostitute
Arthur Nauzyciel - Man at Phone Booth
David Ganansia - Man at Restaurant
Jean-Pierre Leaud - Jean-Pierre/Man at the Cemetery
The film has an 84% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Chicago Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, Best Director, Best Cinematography