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

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/direct-chair/hou.htm
 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
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Excerpt from By David Walsh's article for the World Socialist Website located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 6th, 1996 - Cannes Film Festival

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DVD Review: Fox/Lorber - Wellspring - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Fox/Lorber - Wellspring Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:52:32 
Video 1.8:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.48 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Mandarin / Hokkien (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: Fox/Lorber - Wellspring

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.8:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer for Flowers of Shanghai
• Text Filmography screens

DVD Release Date: February 19th, 2002

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Although far from perfect, this image is far superior to the dual release of Hou's Good Men, Good Women by Fox/Lorber. There is still evidence of 'combing' but it is less pronounced. The image is again non-anamorphic and non-progressive plus surrounded by a thick black border inhibiting full horizontal resolution. Colors appear quite true and bright. Subtitles are still an awful yellow. No worthy extras to speak of. We are investigating the MK2 edition (HERE) quality and will hopefully compare one day soon (it reportedly does NOT have English subtitles). out of

Gary W. Tooze

 





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