Goodbye, Dragon Inn


Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2004)


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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.


Critic Reviews for Goodbye, Dragon Inn

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (13)

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

Jun 2, 2014 | Full Review…

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

Jan 6, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4

Idiosyncratic, oddball movie that is both funny and moody.

Dec 17, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is one of the most gorgeous and maturely composed movies you'll see this year.

Oct 29, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 15, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 1, 2004 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Goodbye, Dragon Inn

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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
Stella Dallas

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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
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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