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Goodbye, South, Goodbye (1996)

Nan guo zai jian, nan guo (original title)
A glimpse at the lives of two petty criminals in Taipei.

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Hsiang Hsi ...
Hsi
Kuei-Ying Hsu ...
Ying
Annie Shizuka Inoh ...
Pretzel
Jack Kao ...
Kao
Ming Kao ...
Ming
Ming Lei ...
Kao's Father
Pi-tung Lien ...
Tung
Giong Lim ...
Flatty
Vicky Wei ...
Hui
Shih-huang Chen ...
Flatty's uncle
Kuei Li
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A glimpse at the lives of two petty criminals in Taipei.

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Fast times, easy money, big trouble.

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Crime | Drama

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12 April 1997 (Japan)  »

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Adeus, ao Sul  »

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Considered by Cahiers du Cinéma to be one of the three best films of the 1990's, alongside The Bridges of Madison County and Carlito's Way. See more »

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Lost in Taiwan
12 August 2015 | by (.) – See all my reviews

Two-bit gangster Gao, his hotheaded side-kick Flathead and Flathead's permanently high-as-a-weatherballoon girlfriend are three young adults in arrested development, wandering from one ill-conceived moneymaking scheme to the next.

For the most part, Goodbye, South, Goodbye isn't so much built up out of scenes, but out of moments, intangible, fleeting, elusive, filmed by cinematographer Lee Ping-bing in sun-drenched exteriors and colour-filtered interiors. As a portrayal of urban alienation, it seems heavily influenced, thematically as well as visually, by the films of Wong Kar-wai. Hou still films in long takes, but the restraint he imposed on himself in his historical films flies out the window: elaborate tracking shots, hand-held cameras, near abstract extreme close-ups of tiny details, at times Goodbye, South, Goodbye turns into a radical formal experiment.

Some might complain that the movie never develops anything and doesn't go anywhere, but that's the point: neither do the characters.


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