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Taiwan, 2003
Length / Goodbye, Dragon Inn: 82 minutes
Length / Special features: 72 mins
Sound / Blu-Ray:
5.1 DTS-HD master audio / 2.0 Stereo LPCM (48k/24-bit)
Sound / DVD: Stereo 2.0 / 5.1 Dolby surround
Colour
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English

Blu-Ray: BD50 / 1080 / 24fps / Region ABC
DVD: PAL / DVD9 / 25fps / Region 0
Blu-Ray RRP: £19.99
DVD RRP: £12.99

Release Date: 23 Nov 2020
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In Taipei City, a cavernous old picture palace is about to close its doors forever. A meagre audience, the remaining few staff, and perhaps even a ghost or two, watch King Hu's wuxia classic Dragon Inn - each haunted by memories and desires evoked by cinema itself.

An exquisite, wryly funny and tender tribute to the experience of movie-going, Tsai Ming-Liang's poignant love letter to cinema is one of the most beguiling and beloved dramas of modern times and is now widely regarded as a classic. Presented here in a new 4K restoration, Goodbye, Dragon Inn is more ravishing and hypnotic than ever.

Presented in a ravishing new 4K restoration, our region-free Blu-ray and DVD editions also feature a new and exclusive filmed interview with Tsai Ming-Liang, plus the world home video premiere of his 2009 short Madam Butterfly - and a 24-page booklet with writing on the film by Tony Rayns and a personal appreciation by filmmaker Apichtpong Weersaethakul.


 

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Special Features

• Presented from the director-approved HD transfer of the new 4K restoration of the film.

• A new and exclusive filmed interview with director
Tsai Ming-Liang.

• Madam Butterfly (2009, 36 mins): world home-video premiere of Tsai Ming-Liang’s remarkable modern-day short film interpretation of the classic story.

• 24-page booklet featuring new essays by curator and critic Tony Rayns, plus a personal appreciation by filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

• New and improved English subtitle translation.

• Original soundtrack 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 Stereo LPCM

• World premiere on Blu-ray.

• Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C) and DVD (‘0’) editions.

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Directed and written by Tsai Ming-Liang
Director of Photography - Liao Pen-Jung
Sound Design - Tu Duu-Chih
Editor - Chen Sheng-Chang
Art Director - Lu Li-Chin
Assistant director - Vincent Wang
Producer - Liang Hung-Chih

Main Cast
Lee Kang-Sheng - The projectionist
Chen Hsiang-Chyi - Box office cashier
Kiyonobu Mitamura - Japanese tourist
Miao Tien - Himself
Shih Chun - Himself
Yang Kuei-Mei - Woman eating seeds
Chen Chao-Jung - Patron

 


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Appreciation

2003 Venice International Film Festival / Winner: FIPRESCI prize
2003 Chicago International Film Festival / Winner: Best Film
2004 Taipei Film Festival / Winner: Best Film

 

“A beautiful love poem to the movies.” Slant magazine

“Doing away with words almost entirely, Tsai Ming-liang’s Goodbye, Dragon Inn, a valentine to a dilapidated Taipei theater, was Venice’s most bracing experience, and its most reflexive. It’s pouring, as it always is in Tsai-land; the King Hu classic Dragon Inn screens one final time before a handful of desultory patrons. Wryly minimal and lushly nostalgic, Goodbye, Dragon Inn is a movie about watching movies that holds up an inquiring mirror to its audience. Few films have so lovingly evoked the dream life of a particular space—a storehouse of memory and fantasy, exerting its pull well after the last picture show has unspooled.” Dennis Lim, Village Voice

“Tsai Ming-Liang’s 2003 masterpiece manages to be many things at once: a Taiwanese Last Picture Show, a failed heterosexual love story, a gay cruising saga, a melancholy tone poem, a mordant comedy, a creepy ghost tale…”
Jonathan Rosenbaum

"Tsai Ming-Liang has fashioned what may be his most brilliant metaphor yet: a lament for the death of feelings framed as a valediction to an entire era of Chinese cinema and an obituary to film-going in general. Needless to say, it is cruelly, astringently funny.” Tony Rayns

“Taiwanese director Tsai Ming­Liang has been among the most profound voices in world cinema over the past quarter century.” Danny King, Village Voice

“Goodbye, Dragon Inn exquisitely captures the elegiac mood surrounding the fate of cinema at the turn of the twenty-first century.” Tate Modern

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