As part of the Tsai Ming-liang: The Deserted film series, we are pleased to be presenting a 35mm screening of the filmmaker’s critically acclaimed Goodbye, Dragon Inn, followed by a discussion and Q&A. The feature film takes place in a decaying cinema at the time of its final projection before closing its doors. King Hu’s 1966 classic swordplay film Dragon Inn is screened to a diminishing audience, two of whom appear to be ageing actors from the film, ghostly relics from Asian cinema’s golden age. The movements of the theatre’s two staff and a gay cruising subplot take us into all of the building’s facilities. Described as ‘a beautiful love poem to the movies’ (Slant), Goodbye, Dragon Inn exquisitely captures the elegiac mood surrounding the fate of cinema at the turn of the twenty-first century.
Goodbye, Dragon Inn, Taiwan 2003, 35mm, colour, sound, 82 min, Mandarin with English subtitles
Conversation and Q&A with the artist and Tate Film curators
Please note that this film is rated PG