Goodbye, Dragon Inn
Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2004)

In a cavernous movie palace, King Hu's classic 1968 film Dragon Inn plays for a sparse crowd. As the movie progresses, the ticket-taker makes dinner, cleans the bathroom, and checks in on the projectionist. Audience members wander in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 17, 2004
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

This elegiac 2003 comedy, by the Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, is a requiem for a movie theatre.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

This is one of the most gorgeous and maturely composed movies you'll see this year.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

What's the matter with these people? Why are they such a bunch of zombies?

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A weird, funny, melancholy tribute to movies and movie-going, an opus for film geeks that rang my personal bell.

Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times

Tsai is hugely popular with film critics, I believe, in part because film critics actually have something to do while watching his films. While the girl is limping down the hallway, we can take notes. Regular theatergoers? They can only watch helplessly.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Long, boring shots. Reallllly long boring shots. Woman walks up stairs, woman walks down stairs. The end. Bleh.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Idiosyncratic, oddball movie that is both funny and moody.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

The real star of the movie is the doomed movie house itself, and the dominant subtext is the emotional transaction between the viewer and his (or her) more vividly vicarious adventures projected on-screen.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Plays as a meditation on the deep feelings felt by the viewer and the filmmaker towards the movie experience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Literally plodding... but entrancing take on filmgoing as both communal act and private quest for validation. Movie theater as bathouse. Total art film - I… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A haunting, gorgeous and nearly-silent tribute to the experience of cinema-going that perfectly combines melancholy and deadpan humor, with a deliberate pacing… More
Stella Dallas
the apex of tsai's cinema, a pure distillation of movie love, both profound and simple. there are only 5 or 6 lines of dialogue in the film. you've… More