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I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (Ws Sub)
I Don't Want to Sleep Alone
Ws Sub
Actors: Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Pearlly Chua, Norman Bin Atun, Atun Normani
Director: Tsai Ming-Liang
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
UR     2007     1hr 58min

Homeless on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Hsiao Kang is robbed, beaten and left for dead; he is found and nursed by Rawang, an immigrant worker, who lives in the shell of a modernist building abandoned during construction. ...  more »


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Actors: Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Pearlly Chua, Norman Bin Atun, Atun Normani
Director: Tsai Ming-Liang
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Studio: Strand Releasing
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/06/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 58min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Cantonese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Love Triangle from Malysia
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 10/31/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

""I Don't Want to Sleep Alone"

Love Triangle from Malaysia

Amos Lassen

"I Don't Want to Sleep Alone" (Strand Releasing) is about an erotic love triangle between a young drifter, an immigrant worker and a nurse. Having premiered at the prestigious Venice Film Festival, the film has opened to great critical acclaim. The story line tersely put is about how three people find each other on the streets of Kuala Lampur but that is a bit too simple.
Hsiao Kang, a homeless youth, is robbed, beaten and left for dead but h is found by Rawang, an immigrant worker. Rawang lives in part of a modern building that has been abandoned during construction. We do not know if Rawang has sexual feelings for his patient but Chyi, a waitress in a shabby coffee shop is anxious to have Rawang become the true object of her affection. The relationship between the three characters is pervasive throughout the film and the movie is erotic and sensual as well as quite funny.
Surprisingly the movie deals with the social exclusion of the lower class. There is only one character in the entire film that has money but she cannot rise above her class yet the focus on the classes is really not what the director, Tsai Ming-Liang wanted to do. It just happened as the movie was being made.
The movie gives us a look at Malaysia in a whole new way and presents a picture of society of which many of us were not aware.
Buddhism is love beyond sex, empathy beyond compassion
Jacques COULARDEAU | OLLIERGUES France | 06/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This Chinese Taiwanese film is depicting the life of young people in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. It is showing one of these tigers of Asia in their development at a crucial moment when things seem to be halted and yet they go on maybe just at a slower pace. But people remain what they are, people with human values. They will help a man who had fainted on the sidewalk. They will wash him, feed him, take care of him just as if he was one of the family, though he is unknown. They will take care of a man who is absolutely reduced to a vegetable state, unresponsive, and yet there, alive even if totally blank. And then the impulses of the women or of the men are the same as everywhere in the world, and yet what these young people really want is not that instantaneous and futureless of not futile moment of bliss. They want to be close to someone else, feeling his or her heart and blood pressure and emotions and sentiments and heat, share that feeling and just sleep into it, dream into it. Let's go beyond this world of imperfection and never satisfied failure or success, it does not matter. Let's get into the deep mellowness of empathy, sympathy, compassion, sharing and gathering our minds and all our senses into some kind of communion that is one step closer to the path to enlightenment. That's what at least the Buddha in the café tells me, though we see him from the back and Buddhism is only second to Islam in Malaysia, but the two religions have that thing in common that the mind and the heart are only one same thing and they are the only guides that can take us to a higher more humane level of humanity. And that is all contained in that big mattress they find on the sidewalk and they transport together from one place to another with only one intention, to share it, to use it together. A mattress as a symbol of the Buddhist Dukkha, that never ending cycle from birth to rebirth and every time some people abandon the mattress, it dies, but then some other people come and give it a new life through a rebirth of love.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines