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Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2004)

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.


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Critic Reviews for Goodbye, Dragon Inn

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (13)

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.

January 6, 2005
Chicago Tribune
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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
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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

A haunting, gorgeous and nearly-silent tribute to the experience of cinema-going that perfectly combines melancholy and deadpan humor, with a deliberate pacing that may prove too slow to casual moviegoers as it puts at times a good deal of emphasis on still moments.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Ming-liang's Goodbye, Dragon Inn is a contemplative mood piece that centers around a moaning, leaking, dilapidated movie theater in order to convey truths about the evolving nature of society and what this process leaves behind. Defined by voyeurism, claustrophobia, and constant rain, the elegantly composed ruin is a home to a handful of filmgoers unbothered by and uninterested in the film projected on the screen, Ming-liang juxtaposing the traditional action film with the more modern existentialism these people feel as they wander around aimlessly inside of the cavernous relic of the past. These people are lost in the constantly progressing world in which current iconography is immediately forgotten, their time in the haunted theater nothing more than a distraction; this gets to the heart of why we go to the movies, commenting on the fact the the world briefly manifests its sense of self in modes of entertainment before moving on, leaving what was in the past forever.

Reece Leonard
Reece Leonard

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

Super Reviewer

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