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
L.T.K.
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.

Plot[edit]

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.

Reception[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Goodbye South, Goodbye". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 

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