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Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2004)

Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2004)

Goodbye, Dragon Inn



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In a cavernous movie palace, King Hu's classic 1968 film Dragon Inn plays for a sparse crowd. As the movie progresses, the ticket-taker makes dinner, cleans the bathroom, and checks in on the projectionist. Audience members wander in and out, occasionally interacting in the restroom or the vast hallways that surround the theater proper. Minimally plotted, Tsai Ming-Liang's film is a poetic, dryly humorous portrait of a place and its denizens, and an homage to a director who influenced his career.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Ming-liang Tsai
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On DVD: Feb 15, 2005


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Critic Reviews for Goodbye, Dragon Inn

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14)

This elegiac 2003 comedy, by the Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, is a requiem for a movie theatre.

Full Review… | June 2, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

A weird, funny, melancholy tribute to movies and movie-going, an opus for film geeks that rang my personal bell.

Full Review… | January 6, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Idiosyncratic, oddball movie that is both funny and moody.

Full Review… | December 17, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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This is one of the most gorgeous and maturely composed movies you'll see this year.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Tsai is hugely popular with film critics, I believe, in part because film critics actually have something to do while watching his films. While the girl is limping down the hallway, we can take notes. Regular theatergoers? They can only watch helplessly.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The real star of the movie is the doomed movie house itself, and the dominant subtext is the emotional transaction between the viewer and his (or her) more vividly vicarious adventures projected on-screen.

Full Review… | October 1, 2004
New York Observer
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Audience Reviews for Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Literally plodding... but entrancing take on filmgoing as both communal act and private quest for validation. Movie theater as bathouse.

Total art film - I see some lonely Antonioni in the architecture and some funny Tati in the setups and timing. Oh, and ghosts - lots of ghosts. My first taste of Tsai.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


the apex of tsai's cinema, a pure distillation of movie love, both profound and simple. there are only 5 or 6 lines of dialogue in the film. you've been warned

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

This is a truly under-appreciated film. It's a beautiful story about letting go. It is basically a silent film, though -- the first line of dialogue doesn't appear until 40 minutes into the film, so its not for everyone. It's more art than just a casual bleh-popcorn-movie film.

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