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Deliberately paced yet absorbing, Goodbye, Dragon Inn offers an affectionate -- and refreshingly unique -- look at a fading theater that should strike a chord with cineastes. Read critic reviews

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In Taipei, a movie theater is closing, but not before one final film is shown -- "Dragon Inn," a 1967 actioner and the source of nostalgia for the moviegoers and employees in the old, decrepit and possibly haunted building. The workers include eccentric projectionist Hsiao-Kang (Lee Kang-sheng) and a crippled cashier (Shiang-chyi Chen). The patrons include a Japanese tourist (Kiyonobu Mitamura) and two ghostly actors from the original film who have come to mourn the passing of an era.

Cast & Crew

Kiyonobu Mitamura
Japanese Tourist
Ming-liang Tsai
Screenwriter
Vincent Wang
Producer
Pen-jung Liao
Cinematographer
Sheng-Chang Chen
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Critic Reviews for Goodbye, Dragon Inn

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Audience Reviews for Goodbye, Dragon Inn

  • Mar 02, 2016
    A haunting, gorgeous and nearly-silent tribute to the experience of cinema-going that perfectly combines melancholy and deadpan humor, with deliberate pacing that may prove too slow to casual moviegoers as it puts sometimes a good deal of emphasis on still moments.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2010
    I have no idea why but I enjoyed this movie
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2010
    On the last day of its operation, a Japanese tourist ducks in a once grand old theater to get out of the rain. What follows is a dryly funny, poignant look at the last film shown in a once thriving theater, whose faded glory is now overshadowed by dwindling crowds, inconsiderate patrons, and people whose reasons for being there have nothing to do with the movie. Slow and methodical, but endlessly engrossing, "Goodbye, Dragon Inn" is a haunting elegy for the theater experience.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2008
    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 D Super Reviewer

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