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Goodbye, Dragon Inn

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Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
Taiwan, 2003


On a dark, wet night a historic and regal Chinese cinema sees its final film. Together with a small handful of souls they bid “Goodbye, Dragon Inn.”

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Goodbye, Dragon Inn Directed by Tsai Ming-liang

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2003 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize


Village Voice Film Poll

2003 | Winner: Best Undistributed Film

2004 | Nominee: Best Film

Coming at the cusp of the much-fabled “death of cinema” and folding sheafs of time and legend into an autoerotic ouroboros of cinema spectatorship, perhaps it mirrored the emotional life of many critics, even those that weren’t hunting for gay couplings in the bathroom as one central character does here. (Maybe they should try?) What that reception hid, however, is just how punk it is, and just how deep that eroticism goes.
April 22, 2015
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The allure of cinema and nostalgia for a vanished era of movie-going suffuse one of Mr. Tsai’s greatest films, “Goodbye, Dragon Inn”.
April 15, 2015
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A scene in which two aged patrons are revealed to be two of the martial-arts stars has the intimate grandeur of a grizzled Wild West fadeout.
June 02, 2014
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