Goodbye, Dragon Inn

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Goodbye, Dragon Inn (不散)
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A film poster for Goodbye, Dragon Inn
Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
Produced by Hung-Chih Liang
Vincent Wang
Written by Tsai Ming-liang
Starring Lee Kang-sheng
Chen Shiang-chyi
Kiyonobu Mitamura
Distributed by Wellspring Media (USA)
Release dates
September 17, 2004 (USA)
Running time
82 minutes
Country Taiwan
Language Mandarin, Taiwanese

Goodbye, Dragon Inn (不散, Bu San) is a 2003 Taiwanese film directed by Tsai Ming-liang about the last feature at a historic Taipei cinema.


Goodbye, Dragon Inn is set in the approximately ninety minutes of the last feature at an old Taipei cinema that is closing down, showing King Hu's 1967 sword-fighting classic Dragon Inn. Only a few people are present in the cinema, and a variety of subplots are developed around them. Throughout the film, the ticket woman tries to find the projectionist, searching for him in order to present him with a steamed bun. She wears an iron brace on her leg. She walks around the theater throughout the film, struggling up and down stairs. A young Japanese tourist wanders around the cinema in search of a homosexual encounter. An older man tells him that the cinema is haunted. An old man, who was one of the actors who appeared in the original Dragon Inn, watches the film with tears in his eyes. Outside the theater, he encounters an older man who had been watching the film with his grandson; this man also starred in the original film.

The film is shot with almost no camera movement, most shots lasting well over thirty seconds. There are only about a dozen lines of dialogue.


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