A Japanese tourist takes refuge from a rainstorm inside a once-popular movie theater, a decrepit old barn of a cinema that is screening a martial arts classic, King Hu’s 1966 “Dragon Inn.” Even with the rain bucketing down outside, it doesn’t pull much of an audience – and some of those who have turned up are less interested in the movie than in the possibility of meeting a stranger in the dark. –IMDb
Along with Edward Yang and Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang became one of Taiwan’s most prominent directors during the 1990s. His films regularly appeared in festivals around the globe and he received lavish praise from film critics worldwide. Born in Malaysia in 1957, Tsai moved to Taiwan and graduated from the Chinese Cultural University in 1982. For the next ten years, he worked in theater and writing screenplays for films and television. He directed his first feature in 1992, Rebels of the Neon God, which, with its tough but tender depictions of disaffected youth, earned him comparisons to Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In addition to Fassbinder, Tsai was also influenced by François Truffaut, to whom he was exposed as a student. His style differed from his idol Truffaut’s, however, like his countrymen Yang and Hou, Tsai preferred long takes, few close-ups, and sparse dialogue. And like another of his influences, Michelangelo Antonioni, he displayed a genius for placing the camera at… read more
A elegiac valediction to the cinema and a meditation on desire...God, an exquisite almost Tatiesque sense of delicate visual comedy and an uncanny sense of exactly where to put his camera!
The tale of China and Taiwan told through a bun. The now disabled Mother China chasing the rebellious Taiwanese boy. The appearance of the Japanese guy is funny though.
Tsai offers both an intensified take on his brand of voyeurism and a sweet valentine to his cast of regulars.
I’m not sure if Goodbye, Dragon Inn is a juvenile “arty” film with nothing to say, or a sublime meditation on the impossibility of communicating other than through shred cinematic experiences. read review
Goodbye, Dragon Inn is probably one of the most engaging films I have seen lately, which isn’t saying too much since it is 5 years old. I say the film is engaging because within the first five minutes… read review