Goodbye, Dragon Inn

  • 82'
  • Taiwan
  • 2003

Past, present and future come together in Goodbye, Dragon Inn, Tsai Ming-liang’s nostalgic homage and farewell to an era. A film with ghosts from the past (the old martial arts film Dragon Gate Inn by King Hu), actors from the present (including Miao Tien, who acted for King Hu and now also for Tsai) and a director from the future (Lee Kang-sheng, a regular Tsai actor and director of The Missing, Tiger Competition IFFR 2004).

On the last evening before the closure of an old cinema in Taipei, a Japanese man visits the theatre. The auditorium is almost empty. The only employees are the operator and the crippled box-office girl. They have worked together for years without ever getting to know each other better. On this last evening, the girl decides to drop into the projection room. But the operator isn't there. However she is determined to make this last encounter happen and goes looking for him.

In the auditorium, in the meantime, King Hu’s Dragon Gate Inn is being screened. The Japanese man, who is in the cinema looking for a chance gay encounter, meets two old men who look suspiciously like the protagonists in the film. With tears in their eyes, they are watching the film. Are they real people, or ghosts from a long-gone film era?

Director
Tsai Ming-liang
Country of production
Taiwan
Production Year
2003
Festival Edition
IFFR 2004
Length
82'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Bu jian bu san
Language
Mandarin
Producer
Liang Hung-chih
Production Company
Homegreen Films Co.
Sales
Cinematek
Screenplay
Tsai Ming-liang
Cinematography
Liao Pen-jung
Editor
Chen Sheng-chang
Production Design
Lu Li-chin
Sound Design
Du Tuu-chih, Tang Hsiang-chu
Cast
Lee Kang-sheng, Lee Kang-shen, Chen Shiang-chyi, Mitamura Kiyonobu, Miao Tien, Shih Chun, Yang Kuei-mei