A Taiwanese film director travels to the Louvre in Paris to shoot a film that explores the Salomé myth, but first he has to help his elderly mother with some plumbing problems. The director arrives in Paris to discover his producers have cast a well-known model with no acting experience in the leading role, which adds to the challenge of working in a language in which he’s not fluent and having a leading man who seems to have lost his memory. However, his troubles with the shoot are suddenly rendered meaningless when he learns his mother has died.


Fanny Ardant, Laetitia Casta, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Lee Kang-Sheng, Jeanne Moreau, Nathalie Baye, Mathieu Amalric.


DirectorTsai Ming-Liang
ScreenplayTsai Ming-Liang & Vincent Wang
ProducerJBA Production – Jacques Bidou
Marianne Dumoulin (France)
Co-producersHomegreen Films (Taiwan)
Le Musée du Louvre (France)
Tarantula (Belgium)
Circe Films (The Netherlands)
Director of photographyLiao Pen Jung
EditorLiao Pen Jung
SoundRoberto van Eijden
Jean Mallet
Art directorPatrick Dechesne
Alain-Pascal Housiaux
Lee Tien-Chueh

Supported by

The film was made with the support of CNC (France), GIO (Taiwan), Nederlands Fonds voor de Film (Netherlands), Eurimages (Conseil de l’Europe), La Région Ile-de-France • With the participation of ARTE France, Cinécinéma, Tax Shelter ING Invest, Department of Cultural Affairs Taipei City Government • Script developed with the support of the programme MEDIA and the Atelier of the Cannes Film Festival.

Release & Festivals

World premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2009
Released in the Netherlands by EYE Filmmuseum in 2009
Distribution France by Rezo Films
International sales by Fortissimo Films

Official Competition Cannes 2009, Nominated Palme d’Or
Best Art Direction en Best Makeup & Costume Design Golden Horse Film Festival 2009, Best Costume Designer en Best Production Designer Asian Film Awards 2010

Toronto IFF CA, Vancouver IFF CA, Pusan IFF KR, Chicago IFF US, IFF Rotterdam NL, Göteborg IFF SE, Buenos Aires IFIC AR, Golden Horse FF CN, AFA CN.

Technical Features

French & Chinese, 141 mins, 35mm, color, Dolby SRD, 1.85 ratio