Goodbye South, Goodbye

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Goodbye South, Goodbye
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Traditional 南國再見,南國
Simplified 南国再见,南国
Mandarin Nánguó zàijiàn, nánguó
Literally Goodbye South, Goodbye
Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Produced by Yang Teng-kuei
Written by Chu Tien-wen
Jack Kao
King Jieh-Wen
Starring Jack Kao
Lim Giong
Annie Shizuka Inoh
Hsi Hsiang
Hsu Kuei-Ying
Music by Lim Giong
Summer Lei
Cinematography Mark Lee Ping Bin
Chen Huai-en
Edited by Liao Ching-Song
Release date
May 1996
Running time
124 minutes
Country Taiwan
Language Mandarin

Goodbye South, Goodbye is a 1996 film directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien.


Gao (Jack Kao) rides the train to Pinghsi to set up a 10-day gambling den with his friend Hsi (Hsi Hsiang). He takes his acolyte Flatty (Lim Giong) and Pretzel (Annie Shizuka Inoh), Flatty's girlfriend, who works part-time in a night club. Gao's girlfriend Ying (Hsu Kuei-Ying) works in the same night club as Pretzel and doesn't like the people around Gao, finding them dangerous. Gao has already made a deal with Hsi to invest in a nightclub in Shanghai, but Ying doesn't want him to go. Instead, she wants him to stay in Taiwan to open a restaurant. A succession of get-rich-quick schemes leads them to the brink of disaster. Throughout the course of the film the unsavory alliance between the underworld and the political elite emerges.


Goodbye South, Goodbye was entered into the 1996 Cannes Film Festival,[1] but lost to Secrets & Lies. It was chosen along with The Bridges of Madison County and Carlito's Way as the best film of the 1990s by Cahiers du cinéma.


  • Jack Kao as Gao
  • Lim Giong as Flatty
  • Annie Shizuka Inoh as Pretzel
  • Hsi Hsiang as Hsi
  • Hsu Kuei-Ying as Ying
  • Lei Ming as Gao's father
  • Lien Pi-tung as Tung
  • Kao Ming as Ming
  • Vicky Wei as Hui


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Goodbye South, Goodbye". Archived from the original on 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 

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