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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 & 10 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
On the edge of slumber
 (From Twitch. 12 August 2010, 2:52 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
A Quiet, Loving Tribute to Going to the Movies 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
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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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 Impostor (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Chong FengSee more »

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A Quiet, Loving Tribute to Going to the Movies, 24 September 2004
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Good Bye, Dragon Inn (Bu san)" is something of a Taiwanese "Cinema Paradiso" and "Last Picture Show" in its love of old movie theaters and evoking the unfulfilled longings we project onto movies and their showcases.

We take refuge (and I have no idea how we were supposed to know that one of the characters we are following in is a Japanese tourist, per the IMDb plot description) during a rain storm on the last night at a huge theater, and the camera slowly leads us through every inch of the place.

The vast scale of the place is brought home to us (and it will have less impact when not seen on a big screen) as virtually every inch is navigated painfully by a lame employee, clumping (as we only hear ambient sounds) up and down all those stairs, from the red velveteen seats around every nook and cranny and down long hallways and seedy passageways.

I don't know if only a Western viewer thinks at first one character is a pedophile or another a transvestite, as the theater certainly looks like the old ones that were in Times Square, or if writer/director Ming-liang Tsai is toying with all of us, as he brings other assignation attempts closer (in what must be the longest time any men have ever spent leaning against a urinal), but they are as unreal as the movie-within-a-movie, the swordplay flick "Dragon Inn" which is just a bit more stilted and corny than the current "Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong)."

There is one especially lovely moment, within beautiful cinematography throughout, of reaction to the flickering screen when the employee pauses in her rounds to look up at the huge image of the warrior princess and shares our view of the screen with her. Amusingly, the only fulfilled feelings are hunger, as various characters noisily eat a wide variety of refreshments.

The projectionist is as much an unseen power as Herr Drosselmeier in "The Nutcracker," as we don't even see him until the theater is almost ready to close. He is as oblivious to interacting with real people as every other member of the sparse audience.

The major events in the film are when two characters even acknowledge each other's existence, let alone speak the only three lines or so of spoken dialogue in the entire film, reiterating what we've seen visually -- "No one goes to the movies anymore." The closing nostalgic pop song is jarringly intrusive at first to this quiet film, but the lyrics are very appropriate.

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