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Goodbye South, Goodbye (1996)





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Produced by the Japanese Shochiku Company, this Taiwanese drama follows the lives of two generations of Taipei residents. Kao is a gangster, while divorcee/single mother/bar hostess Ying is his girl friend. Kao's closest friend is rock singer Flathead and his slightly ditzy girl friend Pretzel. The troubles begin when Kao and his long-time cohort Hsi and the others set up a temporary gambling den in the highlands. As the day progresses, Pretzel gets so deeply into debt that she attempts suicide. Later Kao and His get some bad news about a shady business venture in Shanghai. To make some quick money, His and Kao devise a new scam to get the government to condemn so land so the two can quickly buy up all the pigs upon it and then sell them to their fellow gangsters, to the government and to the local farmers. The plan works until Flathead decides to flex his muscles and get some of his relatives, who live in the are, to pay their debts.


Critic Reviews for Goodbye South, Goodbye

All Critics (4)

Hou brilliantly evokes the isolation of a generation hopelessly cut off from its past.

Full Review… | May 3, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

What's most impressive about Goodbye South Goodbye is the way in which the film seems so completely disenchanted with the antics of its protagonists.

Full Review… | April 1, 2002

Another slow moving but electrically penetrating film by one of the world's best directors, Hou Hsiao-hsien.

Full Review… | October 24, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Goodbye South, Goodbye

Illuminated Taiwan and its urban underclass, mingling, scheming, struggling, scamming. Long, continuous takes add a beautiful rhythm to the film, one of Hou Hsiao-Hsien's best.

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Jason Hirthler

(*** 1/2): [img][/img] Interesting throughout. Another winner from Hou Hsiao-Hsien.


Not one of Hou's best films, but still a solid outing. This was also more stylistically varied than most of his other films, with many long tracking shots including emphasized POV shots. The story is kind of like a more bleak Millennium Mambo combined with Imamura's Pigs and Battleships (there's even a pig deal scandal subplot) . The Fox Lorber dvd looks like a VHS quality-wise.

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