SPOTLIGHT: A Season of Performing Arts

The Monk from Tang Dynasty


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The Monk from Tang Dynasty

Date & Time

29 Mar - 1 Apr, 2024 29-30.03.2024, 01.04.2024 7:30pm – 9:30pm


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“It was one thousand four hundred years ago that Xuanzang trudged across the limitless desert in solitude…”. Tsai Ming Liang, the filmmaker who established Taiwanese cinema in the global landscape, brings his acclaimed theatre piece to Tai Kwun for its Hong Kong premiere. Previously featured in Brussels, Vienna, Taipei, and Kwangjin, this production will be designed specifically for the outdoor environment of Tai Kwun.

Tsai’s meditative work traces the seventeen-year pilgrimage of Xuanzang, the Buddhist monk who journeyed along the Silk Road. Through rich allegorical imagery and physical movements, the performance transcends traditional boundaries, blending installation art, theatre, and painting. The work features the stellar performances of Lee Kang Sheng, Tsai’s long term collaborator, and Kao Jun Honn with the latter physically present to paint on site.

In this exploration of ancient narratives and contemporary spirit, Tsai contrasts the frantic pace of our information-saturated world with hypnotic movements symbolising loneliness and determination. The dichotomy between the two redirects our gaze to the present, seeing time from a new perspective.  With minimalist yet stunning staging, colour, and theatrical elements, this interdisciplinary work becomes an ode to silence, inviting solace and a fresh perspective on time as Tsai continues to leave an indelible mark on the global artistic landscape beyond cinema.


  • Duration: approximately 2 hours
  • No interval
  • Recommended for ages 6 and above
  • Programmes are subject to change without prior notice. Tai Kwun reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the arrangements

Creative and Production Team

Director: Tsai Ming Liang
Casts: Lee Kang Sheng, Anong Houngheuangsy
Producer: Wang Yun Lin
Painting Artist: Kao Jun Honn
Performance unit: Homegreen Films Company



The Monk from Tang Dynasty Tickets | $350

Tickets available at from 6 March 

Patrons may enjoy one of the below discount schemes for each purchase where applicable, available on a first-come-first-served basis for designated shows:

- 40% off for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders and full-time students

SPOTLIGHT: A Season of Performing Arts 2024 Package:

- 5% off upon single purchase of standard ticket from 2 different shows

- 10% off upon single purchase of standard ticket from 3 different shows

- 15% off upon single purchase of standard ticket from 4 different shows

- 20% off upon single purchase of standard ticket from 5 different shows

* When using package ticket, the Double-Billed "Labyss & Retry Login" is counted as one programme.


Homegreen Films
Tsai Ming Liang
Lee Kang Sheng
Kao Jun Honn


Homegreen Films was established in 2000, represented by director Tsai Ming-Liang and well-known actor Lee Kang-Sheng, leading professional and promising Asian artists to develop film, visual art and cross-border creations with originality and universal perspective.


Tsai Ming Liang, born in 1957. He premiered his debut feature, Rebels of the Neon God, at the Berlinale in 1992. His sophomore film, Vive L'amour (1994), won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival while The River (1996) won the Jury Award at Berlinale, thus solidifying his status as a major filmmaker. All of his feature films so far have been selected by the top three film festivals of the world.


Born in Taipei in 1968, Lee was discovered on the street by Tsai Ming Liang, who casted him in his first film, Rebels of the Neon God, where he played himself. Not long after, Lee contracted a strange illness which caused his neck to be tilted. Tsai followed Lee in his search for treatment and later included this experience in the film, The River. Lee’s slow speech, movement and unique sense of rhythm deeply influenced Tsai and led him to the path of “slow cinema”. In recent years, Tsai has been working on his “Slow Walk” series of short film. In each film, Lee is clad in a monk’s robe with shaved head and bare feet. He appears in a different city in each film, walking extremely slowly. He has since become known as a slow-walking performance artist. Lee and Tsai have collaborated for more than 30 years. Lee’s silent face is practically the signature of Tsai’s cinema.  

Painting Artist

Born in Taiwan in 1973, graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at in 1998. In 2017, Kao graduated in Art Creation Theory with a Ph.D. degree. Currently, he is an assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary Program of Kaohsiung Normal University.

His creative projects mainly focus on the study of body, videography and non-fiction writing, covering topics on history, space, biopolitics, neoliberalism, East Asia and indigenous issues. Since 1995, Kao has held numerous solo and group exhibitions and was selected in residency programs in Hong Kong, France, the United Kingdom and Green Island. His works have been selected for and received awards in several editions of the Taishin Arts Award.

Kao also published books including "Bubble Love," "The Home Project", "Archives of Aesthetics of Existence in Taipei", “The Three-Mirror Lens of the Archipelagic Art" and " Llyung Topa." These works have won Golden Tripod Award for Best Book of the Year in 2016 and the Openbook Award in 2021.

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