Monday, September 10, 2007

Bu san (Ming-liang Tsai, 2003) aka Goodbye Dragon Inn

Goodbye Dragon Inn (Ming-liang Tsai, 2003)
Rating: 7.8

Goodbye Dragon Inn is a simple film about the final night at an old martial arts theater before it closes down for good and the lonely patrons in attendance. The film carries a very melancholy and sullen tone emphasized by the dark low key and sometimes blueish cinematography. The dripping water and and quiet soundtrack also heps shape the mood. There really isn't much of a narrative here and some of the takes are longer than necessary, which would most likely make it a painfully dull for the average movie viewer, but that's not what the film is about. It is meant to create a nostalgic bittersweet emotion by using occasional moments of subtle humor along with the somber sadness.

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