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The Wayward Cloud (Chinese: 天邊一朵雲; pinyin: Tiānbiān yī duǒ yún) is a 2005 Taiwanese film directed by Tsai Ming-liang and starring Lee Kang-sheng and Chen Shiang-chyi.

The Wayward Cloud
The Wayward Cloud Poster.jpg
Promotional release poster
Traditional 天邊一朵雲
Simplified 天边一朵云
Mandarin tiānbiān yī duǒ yún
Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
Produced by Bruno Pésery
Written by Tsai Ming-liang
Starring Lee Kang-sheng
Chen Shiang-chyi
Cinematography Liao Pen-jung
Edited by Chen Sheng-chang
Distributed by 20th Century Fox (Taiwan)
Axiom Films (UK and Ireland)
Release date
  • March 18, 2005 (2005-03-18)
Running time
112 minutes
Country Taiwan
Language Mandarin



There is a water shortage in Taiwan, and television programs are teaching various water-saving methods and encouraging the drinking of watermelon juice in place of water.

Hsiao-kang (Lee) and Shiang-chyi (Chen), two characters from one of Tsai's previous films, What Time Is It There?, meet again by chance and start a relationship. However, Shiang-chyi does not know that Hsiao-kang is a pornographic film actor.



The Wayward Cloud was filmed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The film was shot in various landmark locations in the area, including Dragon and Tiger Pagodas and Love River.


The film grossed more than NT$20 million in its theatrical release in Taiwan;[1] it was a big commercial achievement for the Taiwan film industry since most Taiwan films' ticket sales usually total under NT$1 million in recent years.[2] It has a 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[3]

The film was Taiwan's official entry for the 78th Academy Awards in the foreign-language category.

It was released on DVD by Strand Home Video in 2008.[4]


  1. ^ "Taichung establishes new documentary film archive". Taipei Times. 2012-01-22. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Pop Stop". Taipei Times. 2012-01-22. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  3. ^ "The Wayward Cloud (2005)". Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  4. ^ "The Wayward Cloud Releases". Retrieved 3 February 2013.

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