"Goodbye, Dragon Inn"
Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang
With his minimalist masterpiece What Time is it
There?, Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang paid implicit tribute to
Antonioni's bleak modernism and Harold Lloyd's slapstick silents. In
Goodbye Dragon Inn - an even sparser and more rigorously composed film -
Ming-Liang fashions an explicit homage to the world of movies. Set in a
crumbling Taipei movie palace during a screening of the 1968 martial arts
classic Dragon Inn, Ming-Liang's camera follows a clubfooted theatre
manager, a lonely Japanese moviegoer, and other characters to evoke a poetic
valentine to a dying cinematic age. "A movie of elegant understatement and
considerable formal intelligence" (J. Hoberman, Village Voice).
Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles. 83 minutes.