I met Tsai Ming-Liang at the Sin Chew Daily headquarters last night. Born and raised in Kuching, Malaysia, he is one of the most celebrated 'Second New Wave' directors of Taiwanese cinema, his films are often compared with the works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Francois Truffaut, Robert Bresson and Michaelangelo Antonioni.
We were at the canteen when he entered. Tsai was taking a break before giving a talk about his latest film, I DON'T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE (which he shot at his home country for the very first time) and the local censorship issues he had to face, I was about to have dinner with dad and some people from Sin Chew Daily before attending the event.
"You have much to learn from this internationally acclaimed director," Dad said as I shook hands with Tsai.
Tsai laughed and answered. "No, don't, I'm a bad example. You'll starve!"