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Bu San (Goodbye, Dragon Inn)

Special Event
Tsai Ming- Liang
Homegreen Films (Claude Wang)
Running Time:
Main Cast:
Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Kiyonobu Mitamura, Miao Tien, Shih Chun, Yang Kuei-Mei
Tsai Ming-liang
Liao Pen-jung
Chen Sheng-chang
Production Designer:
Lu Li-chin
Tu Duu-chih
The restored version of the film Bu San – Goodbye Dragon Inn by Tsai Ming-Liang, presented at the Venice International Film Festival in 2003, will screen on Tuesday 3 September at 11 am and 3 pm at the Teatro alle Tese in the Venice Arsenale. At 12:30 and 4:30 pm, a live performance by Tsai Ming-liang titled “Improvisations on the Memory of Cinema”.


The last projection before an old movie theatre shuts its doors forever.
A young Japanese man runs into the theatre for refuge from the pouring rain.
The theatre appears empty, void of life, yet there are other presences than just the few spectators...
The crippled female ticket clerk and the young projectionist have never been able to meet, even though they both work in the same theatre, day after day.
Since tonight is her last chance, the pretty clerk wants to share her peach-shaped fortune cake with the handsome projectionist.
But when she stops by the projection room, he is still not there. She refuses to leave the theatre without one last look at him.
She searches for him through the labyrinth-like passageways of the old movie house...
The gigantic screen glows with Dragon Inn, a hit swordplay movie 36 years ago.
The Japanese guy notices a couple of men who look very much like the actors on screen.
Older now, sitting in the dark and empty theatre. Watching their own movie, reminiscing, mourning...
Are these persons real? Or are they spirits who refuse to leave?

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