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

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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 HER

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In Taipei City, a cavernous old picture palace is about to close its doors forever. A meagre audience, the remaining few staff, and perhaps even a ghost or two, watch King Hu's wuxia classic Dragon Inn - each haunted by memories and desires evoked by cinema itself.

An exquisite, wryly funny and tender tribute to the experience of movie-going, Tsai Ming-Liang's poignant love letter to cinema is one of the most beguiling and beloved dramas of modern times and is now widely regarded as a classic. Presented here in a new 4K restoration, the film is more ravishing and hypnotic than ever.

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Theatrical Release: August 23rd, 2003 (Venice Film Festival)

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Runtime 1:21:39        1:21:59.958   
Video 1.70:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.12 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

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Audio Mandarin (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby), Mandarin (Dolby Digital 5.1) DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 2269 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2269 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio Chinese 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, None English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Wellspring

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.70:1

Edition Details:

* Short Tsai Featurette - 'The Skywalk is Gone' aka 'Tianqiao bu jianle' (2002) - approx 22:00 (widescreen - non- anamorphic)
 * Tsai Filmography
 * Trailers for "What Time is it There", Goodbye, Dragon Inn" and "The River"


DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2005
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Chapters: 18

 

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Edition Details:

A new and exclusive filmed interview with director Tsai Ming-Liang (35:37)
Madam Butterfly (2009, 36:40 mins): world home-video premiere of Tsais remarkable modern-day interpretation of the classic story
Booklet featuring new essays by curator and critic Tony Rayns, plus a personal appreciation by filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul
World premiere on Blu-ray


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 23rd, 2020
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Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Second Run Blu-ray (November 2020): Tsai Ming-Liang's "Goodbye, Dragon Inn" ("B sn", 2003) is presented in a new 4K restoration. The older SD DVD releases pale in comparison to this new dual-layered Blu-ray disc from Second Run. Not only is there more detail and grain visible in every shot, the slightly brighter image shows more information in what were once blocky uniform black shadows. The image is now in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, opening up the sides of the frames while leaving the top and bottom more or less identical. The moderately high bitrate allows for a consistent image quality, while colors have a deeper spectrum now (though at moments can lean a little teal/magenta). Second Run's Blu-ray is positively worth the remarkable upgrade over the past DVDs.

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Second Run's new
Blu-ray of "Goodbye, Dragon Inn" contains not one, but two audio track options. The original soundtrack is available in 16-bit 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 channel 24-bit stereo linear PCM. As Tsai Ming-Liang mentions in his 36-minute interview on this Blu-ray disc, the sound mixing was very key to the mood of "Goodbye, Dragon Inn". And Du Tuu-Chih accomplishes the herculean task of combining the film's haunting and echoing sounds alongside the sounds of 1967's "Dragon Inn". The closing song "Affection" was written by Hattori Ryoichi (he wrote songs for many Hong Kong movies in the 60s). There are new and improved English subtitle translations on this Region 'Free' Blu-ray from Second Run.

Director Tsai Ming-Liang sits for a 36-minute interview discussing, "Goodbye, Dragon Inn". I have long been a fan of Tsai's work, and to hear him speak at length about this film is a real pleasure. The director covers many topics surrounding the film, including its original conceptions (intended a medium-length film as half of a diptych, though both films ended up being too long) as well as the film's location (Fu-ho) dictating the structure and formation of the film. Tsai also talks of bringing 1967's "Dragon Inn" actors Miao Tien and Shih Chun back to be filmed watching their early screen appearances in an almost empty theatre. The director then talks of the 2-week production, and what many talents various crew members brought to the table. A later story has Tsai recalling that this is one of (my other favorite 'slow-cinema' director), Apichatpong Weerasethakul's favorite films, and that it brought him to tears during his first viewing. Tsai tells of a rather nasty newspaper cartoon re. his film that I won't spoil here. I wish that this 36-minute interview could have gone on for days. Tsai Ming-Liang is quite eloquent, and his informative context doesn't take away from the film's ambiguities or multiple possible readings. The other interesting feature here is the world home-video premiere of 2009's 37-minute "Madam Butterfly". Tsais modern-day interpretation of the classic story is worth a watch. This Second Run
Blu-ray release also includes a booklet featuring the essays "Haunted" by curator and critic Tony Rayns, plus a personal appreciation by filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

This 4K restoration of Tsai Ming-Liang's "Goodbye, Dragon Inn" (or at least the 2019 Venice festival screening) was approved by the director himself, according to the included interview. The visuals on display put the older SD DVD releases to shame. Fans of the film (myself included) can appreciate the even better sound mixing, here in both the surround Audio and stereo. The extras are few but precious, as the interview with Tsai is worth the price of admission alone. This
Blu-ray is highly recommended to fellow 'slow cinema' fans.

Colin Zavitz

 


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