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Ming-liang Tsai (writer)
Sung Hsi (additional narrative)
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12 December 2003 (Taiwan) See more »
On a dark, wet night a historic and regal Chinese cinema sees its final film. Together with a small handful of souls they bid "Goodbye, Dragon Inn." Full summary » | Add synopsis »
13 wins & 11 nominations See more »
On the edge of slumber
 (From Twitch. 12 August 2010, 2:52 AM, PDT)

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  (in credits order)

Kang-sheng Lee ... Hsiao-Kang
Shiang-chyi Chen ... Ticket Woman
Kiyonobu Mitamura ... Japanese tourist
Tien Miao ... Himself
Chun Shih ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chao-jung Chen
Kuei-Mei Yang ... Peanut Eating Woman

Directed by
Ming-liang Tsai 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sung Hsi  additional narrative
Ming-liang Tsai  writer

Produced by
Ai-Lun Chu .... line producer
Hung-Chih Liang .... producer
Vincent Wang .... producer
Cinematography by
Pen-Jung Liao 
Film Editing by
Sheng-Chang Chen 
Production Management
Yi-Chieh Chiu .... associate production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Wang .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sheng-Nan Chang .... set designer
Kuo-Chih Hung .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Duu-Chih Tu .... sound
Tse Kang Tu .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Lung-Yu Li .... gaffer (as Lee Lung-Yue)
Woon-Chong Shong .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Jie-Yao Chen .... script supervisor
Chong-kai Huang .... distribution and marketing
Bo-Tsun Kuo .... distribution and marketing
Yu-Jiun Liu .... distribution and marketing
Harold Manning .... french adaptation
Hsin Yin Sung .... japanese language translator
Jia-Ling Sung .... distribution and marketing coordinator

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Also Known As:
"Bu san" - Taiwan (original title)
"Goodbye, Dragon Inn" - USA (DVD box title)
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82 min | Argentina:84 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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Did You Know?

The theater used for the film was actually on the brink of being closed, and shortly before the film was released it was indeed closed, in an strange example of life imitating art.See more »
Shih Chun:Teacher Miao. Shih-Chun.
Shih Chun:Teacher, you came to see the movie?
Tien Miao:I haven't seen a movie in a long time.
Shih Chun:No one goes to the movies anymore, and no one remembers us anymore.
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Movie Connections:
References Impostor (2001)See more »
Chong FengSee more »


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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A film about watching film, 2 May 2004
Author: Vitarai from San Francisco, CA

It has been nearly two weeks since I saw Bu jian bu san (Goodbye, Dragon Inn) and I still can't get some of the images out of my mind. This is partly due to the fact that the director (Ming- liang Tsai) holds onto an image, a scene, long after, or before any action occurs. In doing so he insists the viewer bear witness to its own self re-presentation in the form of characters in a film they are watching.

Two of the finest moments in the film are moments where the camera is pointed back towards the mostly empty chairs of the cinema itself. In one, an actor who appeared in the original kung-fu film Dragon Inn watches a scene from the original. As the camera settles on his face, we are pulled ever closer, listening to the original's soundtrack while watching the actor as a receptive viewer. We are watching the emotions of time and change develop on his face. Finally, with his face in extreme close-up and the water glistening in his eyes with the film's light reflecting in them a single tear falls down his cheek.

Near the end of the film as the old classic has ended the camera is again pointed to the empty chairs of the cinema. There is no one there, then on the far side of the frame the ticket woman enters with bucket and mop. She walks across, up the stairs, back down and out the left side of the screen, literally walking off the frame as the camera remains motionless. He holds this shot for what many will argue is an interminable time. But he wants you to really take in this shot, consider what you are witness of, think about your own place now, viewing a film.

There is far more to this film than just these two scenes. They just exemplify the kind of artful ways this film explores the nature of action and reaction. What adds to this already complex and studied examination of cinema and the cinema viewing experience is the exquisite cinematography done by Ben-Bong Liao. If you love film, especially film that asks you to fully participate in the moment, then find a screening of this film and get lost in it.

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