Goodbye, Dragon Inn

2004

Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Critics Consensus

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

78%

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Total Count: 37

73%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 2,411
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Movie Info

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.

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Critic Reviews for Goodbye, Dragon Inn

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14)

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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