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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.

Director:

Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Writers:

T'ien-wen Chu, Jack Kao (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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Taglines:

Fast times, easy money, big trouble.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Taiwan | Japan

Language:

Mandarin | Hokkien

Release Date:

12 April 1997 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Adeus, ao Sul See more »

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Production Co:

3H Films, Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Referenced in Wschód (2008) See more »

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A harsh view of Taiwan's lost generation
6 May 2002 | by lingmeisterSee all my reviews

Goodbye South Goodbye provides a raw, harsh look on the aimless and moral-less underclass of Taiwan. The way the director Hsiao-hsien Hou made the film out to be, including his style of off-screen dialog, long continuous shots and scenes of motion creates a view that mirrors what the characters perceive and feels, whether it is helplessness, freedom and joy, calm before the storm or calm before no storm. The lost underclass that seems to be disconnected from the old and modern world, having nothing much more too look forward to except the reward of riches through whatever schemes available. But the reality is that they will only move from scheme to scheme, never achieving what they truly desires. And throughout the whole time, they will just carry on and waste away in the world that has trapped them there.


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