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Director:
Writers:
Ming-liang Tsai (writer)
Sung Hsi (additional narrative)
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Release Date:
12 December 2003 (Taiwan) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
10 wins & 9 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
On the edge of slumber
 (From Twitch. 12 August 2010, 2:52 AM, PDT)

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A haunting elegy for a way of life See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (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
Du-Che 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bu san" - Taiwan (original title)
"Goodbye, Dragon Inn" - USA (DVD box title)
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Runtime:
82 min | Argentina:84 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Shih Chun:Teacher Miao. Shih-Chun.
[pause]
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 The Eye (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
Chong FengSee more »

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32 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A haunting elegy for a way of life, 6 October 2003
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Only yesterday, the last drive-in theater closed in Vancouver. The old movie palaces of my childhood where patrons paid 25 cents to watch a double bill, plus news and cartoons, while listening to the Wurlitzer organ during intermission, are now shopping malls or revivalist churches. In Goodbye Dragon Inn, set in Taipei, Tsai Ming-liang pays tribute to an experience of cinema that is dying. The decaying Fu-Ho theatre theater is about to be torn down but still welcomes the outcasts of society: old men, gay cruisers, the crippled and the lonely, and the ghosts and spirits from a different age. With the rain coming down heavily outside, the theater still attracts few patrons, and those it does are more interested in furtive sexual contacts than watching the film -- stalking their prey through sterile corridors, looking for any shred of human comfort.

In the audience is a gay Japanese man. Only two other people watch the 1961 kung fu classic Dragon Inn by King Hu, considered one of the best martial arts films of all time. A woman with a clubbed foot runs the ticket booth and hobbles around the empty theater, hoping that the projectionist will notice her, but he makes a special point of looking the other way. We soon discover that the two older men watching the movie were the stars of Dragon Inn, basking in their glory days. It is not clear whether they are real or spirits from the past, yet now they sit in the almost empty theater watching their own movie and begin to cry. When the lights come up, there is only row upon row of empty seats.

Tsai Ming-liang is known for his minimalist style, and this film stretches the style to its outer limits. There is no dialogue until about 45 minutes into the picture, and then no more until about 20 minutes after that. Though the mood is somber, the movie has a deadpan humor that redeems its sense of desperation, and a humanism that raises our hopes. Fashioned with poetic solitude and emotional power, Goodbye Dragon Inn is a haunting elegy for a way of life that survives only in the minds of ghosts and old film critics.

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