(aka "Bu san" or "Bu jian bu san")

directed by Ming-liang Tsai
Taiwan 2003

Good Bye, Dragon Inn marks a milestone in Tsai Ming-liang’s new frontier of filmmaking: it is both a devoted homage to director King Hu (who passed away in 1997) and a melancholic yet humorous look at the sometimes forsaken state of cinema – and cinemas – today. Tsai begins with Hu’s 1966 masterpiece, Dragon Inn, projecting it as a backdrop for his own story and borrowing much of its dialogue: the film’s words resound, distorted, inside a large theatre in Taipei where it is screened in front of a gradually thinning audience. We seldom see the images from Hu’s action movie, but its sounds fall from the screen – a sort of cinephile’s rap – as a disjointed commentary on the “action” going on in the near-empty theatre.

It rains and a Japanese tourist takes refuge from the weather inside a once-popular cinema. The usual activities that characterize a Chinese movie theatre still go on – people in the audience noisily crack watermelon seeds and move around – but the atmosphere is eerie. Male figures slowly emerge from the dark, a gaunt army of pallid ghosts testifying to what this cinema has become: a meeting place for gay encounters.

Excerpt taklen from Giovanni Fulvi's review HERE

Theatrical Release: 29 August 2003 (Venice Film Festival) (premiere)

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DVD Review: Catalyst Logic -  Region 0 - NTSC

(2 DVD Boxset with The Missing)

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Runtime 1:21:04
Video 1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 9.48 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
 

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Audio Mandarin (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles English, Chinese, None
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Studio: Catalyst Logic

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

        * 3 page double-sided foldout booklet in Chinese
        * Scene Selection
        * Commentary (Mandarin Chinese)
        * Opening Ceremony (4:25)
        * News Media Interview (13:54)
        * Nanhau University (9:23)
        * National Cheng Kung University (9:52)
        * I-Shou University (1:50)
        * Shu Uemure Forum (5:18)
        * (Note that none of the extras are subtitled)


DVD Release Date: 04/01/2004
Keep Case with Cardboard Slipcase
Chapters: 9

 

Comments: The picture is in general very good, but is a little bit soft (nothing to object to though). The image appears to be off center a bit (flush left) or else is cropped on the right edge. The subtitles are good, though outside of the soundtracks for the films playing inside the theater there is very little dialog (I'd guess that there are less than 10 lines of dialog by the cast in total).

On the downside, there is an audio problem that mars the DVD. Occasionally the level of the left channel drops by about 20 dB. This occurs maybe a dozen times or so during the film with each occurrence lasting between 3 seconds to a minute (the average is about 10 seconds). The audio problem seems to occur most often during the first half hour.

Overall, this is another wonderful film from Tsai Ming-liang, and even with the audio problem I'd still recommend it to fans of Tsai's films, especially when you consider that "The Missing" (written and directed by Lee Kang-sheng) is included.

Paul Whitelock


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