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Nan guo zai jian, nan guo (1996)

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


Hsiao-Hsien Hou


T'ien-wen Chu, Jack Kao (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Jieh-Wen King ... Hsi (as Hsiang Hsi)
Kuei-Ying Hsu ... Ying
Annie Shizuka Inoh ... Pretzel
Jack Kao ... Kao
Ming Kao ... Ming
Ming 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


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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Taiwan | Japan


Mandarin | Hokkien

Release Date:

12 April 1997 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Adeus, ao Sul See more »

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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 »


Referenced in Wschód (2008) See more »

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11 July 2008 | by CountZero313See all my reviews

Hou does not disguise his gratitude to Ozu, Cafe Lumiere having been conceived as a tribute to the minimalist master. Hou's Ozu-influenced visual aesthetic is hypnotic and seductive - if you are into that kind of thing. Static camera, long takes, the eschewing of close-ups: these elements can combine powerfully in some films, such as Ming-liang Tsai's What Time is it There? or Koreda's Wonderful Life. However, when the poetry is absent, you have mind-numbing tedium, such as Aoyama's Eureka.

Unfortunately, Goodbye South, Goodbye falls into Eureka territory. The fifty -second shots of tarmac rolling by reminds me of what happens when the kids get hold of the video camera on the family outing. I kind of felt what Hou was after when the three protagonists ride their scooters and joke that Big Brother's might explode, there was a moment when their rootlessness and ill-discipline was encapsulated in the frame. But it was fleeting, glimpsed and then gone. Everything around it was tedium, and difficult to follow tedium to boot.

The composition of the frames is flat and uninspiring. The acting may be profound, but who can tell when the actors are relegated to a small corner of the frame, often shrouded in darkness, and/or mumbling their lines with their backs to camera. When Flatly gets rushed, beaten and handcuffed by his cousin, I want to see the expression on his face. When the negotiations to release the hostages are happening, I want to see if the look in their eyes matches the words coming out of their mouths.

I get that it is about nihilistic existence, ennui and all that. But I didn't feel it. I watch movies to feel something. There are a million ways to be bored in life, I prefer film watching to be an exception. I can concede that this film might work on the big screen, but the DVD was a turn-off.

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