Past Present 昨天

In this documentary on Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-Liang, Tsai recalls his childhood in the ’60s to the ’80s in Malaysia that was filled with daily cinema visits. His memories influence his filmmaking till this day, creating controversal films with voids, spaces and the freedom to evolve into other art forms.

  • Director: Saw Tiong Guan
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: PG13
  • Availability: library@esplanade, Lee Kong Chian Reference Library
  • Accession No: 2018-D-1002372
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Producer: Piyasak Vitayaburananont, Saw Tiong Suan
  • Language: Chinese, English
  • Production Country: Taiwan

Cast List:

  • Tsai Ming-Liang
  • Ang Lee
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Chen Shiang-Chyi
  • Wang Shaudi
  • Lee Kang-Sheng
  • Hou Hsiao-Hsien


  • Executive Producers - Darren Parker, Lim Wee Koon, Wong Yew Leong, Yau Lap Ho
  • Director of Photography - Khoo Eng Yow
  • Editor - Lim Chee Yong
  • Editor - Kok Kai Foong
  • Associate Producer - Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen
  • Additional Photography - Chang Jhong Yuan
  • Additional Photography - Yap Dyi Chee
  • Additional Photography - Soo Mun Thye
  • Colourist - Kevin Houng
  • Sound Mixer - Yang Wei Ang
  • Prodcution Sound Assistant - Chan Weng Soon


  • Activities - art installations, "Moonlight on the River", "It's a dream"
  • Landmarks - Odeon, Cathay, Lido, Rex
  • Countries - Malaysia, Taiwan
  • Films - Rebels of the Neon God (1992), The River (1996), What Time Is It There? (2001), Goodbye Dragon Inn (2003), I don't want to sleep alone (2006), Visage (2009)
  • Places: Noodle stall, Keelung River, Kuching
  • Themes: Film making, Fate, Asian cinema in the 60s to 80s, childhood memories, freedom of an artist, void, nothingness, space

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