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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.


Hsiao-Hsien Hou


T'ien-wen Chu, Jack Kao (story) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ming Lei Ming Lei


A glimpse at the lives of two petty criminals in Taipei.

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Fast times, easy money, big trouble.


Crime | Drama


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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 »


Referenced in Wschód (2008) See more »

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A film of grace and freedom
1 April 2002 | by howard.schumannSee all my reviews

Goodbye South Goodbye presents a beautifully delineated portrait of a generation of Taiwanese cut off from their society's traditional values. Hou records a world stuck in short-lived businesses and scams in which the characters have no real shot at economic advancement. The characters are cold, rootless, and basically corrupt. No real communication is taking place here. It reminds me of "The Wind Will Carry Us" where the cell phone represents an intrusion of western technology in a village steeped in tradition.

This film portrays the contrast between the almost feudal tradition and its hierarchy with gangsterism and corrupt business practices. Somehow, Hou transcends this feeling of entrapment and aimlessness with long takes of lyrical beauty. For example, the green filter shown when the three are riding through a tunnel in Taipei, the three riding their motorcycles up a steep hill, a moment of grace and freedom.

The camera in this film does not judge. It simply records the unfolding of events. Hou simply discloses the character of complex relationships and situations. This film, like all of HHHs films that I've seen including his new "Millennium Mambo", is pulsating with rhythm, the rhythm of a train, the rhythm of punk music, the rhythm of life.

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Taiwan | Japan


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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1.85 : 1
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