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Goodbye, Dragon Inn(不散)

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Taiwan · 2003
1h 22m
Director Tsai Ming-liang
Starring Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Kiyonobu Mitamura, Miao Tien
Genre Drama

A historic and regal theater in Taipei is screening its final film, the 1967 wuxia classic "Dragon Inn", on a dark and rainy night. Inside, the lives of the theater employees, a Japanese tourist, and even the actors from the "Dragon Inn" all intersect in unexpected ways.

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TV Guide Magazine by

Though the film's deliberate pace is sometimes frustrating, it casts a quietly powerful spell and the memory of its images lingers provocatively long after they've flickered into darkness.


The New York Times by Dana Stevens

Has a quiet, cumulative magic, whose source is hard to identify. Its simple, meticulously composed frames are full of mystery and feeling; it's an action movie that stands perfectly still.


Variety by David Rooney

This feels like short film material stretched exasperatingly thin but nonetheless casts a certain sad spell, graced by moments of droll observational humor.


The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

It could all be done much more efficiently, but any other approach would lose Tsai's unique mix of stone-faced comedy and dewy-eyed lyricism.

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