(aka "Goodbye South, Goodbye" or "Nanguo zaijan, nanguo" )

 

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Taiwan 1996

 

Hou Hsiao-hsien's films are composed of a series of long takes--each with its own distinct feel--during which a static camera records the unfolding of events. In this film he has added equally long traveling shots--from a train; through the windshield of a car; of Kao, Flat Head and Pretzel on motorcycles. The director relies upon his camera, whether it is still or on the move, to patiently disclose the character of complex situations and relationships.

Hou has a remarkable ability to reproduce a given social milieu. The high point of the film is the sequence in which Kao's gangster boss and Flat Head's policeman cousin meet in a restaurant, along with their entourages, to negotiate the release of Kao and Flat Head, after the two have been seized by the corrupt cop. The scene's blend of almost feudal traditions and hierarchy, gangsterism and modern business practices seems to capture something essential about modern Taiwan.


Excerpt from By David Walsh's article for the World Socialist Website located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May, 1996 - Cannes Film Festival

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Runtime 1:52:32 1:47:32
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Subtitles English, none French, none
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Edition Details:
• Flowers of Shanghai trailer
• Filmographies and awards

DVD Release Date: February 19, 2002
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Edition Details:
• Trailer
• Trailers for other films
• Introduction by Thierry Jousse

 

DVD Release Date: June 16, 2004
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Comments While the MK2 disc was originally intended to have English subs and the Olivier Assayas documentary HHH, it has neither, despite the contrary listings still carried by some vendors.

The transfer quality on both editions is less than ideal, but both are decent. The MK2 is slighty cropped on both sides and has a yellow/green color cast, but it is anamorphically enhanced and has better black level. The French disc is also dual-layer, and therefore is somewhat sharper and has superior compression.

Even though the MK2 DVD has a 5.0 multi-channel track, it isn't noticeably different than the sound on the Fox Lorber edition. Both audio mixes sound fine.

The deciding factor for many reading this is likely to be the option of English subtitles offered by Fox Lorber.

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