Goodbye, Dragon Inn

The best film ever made about going to the movies? It’s the last night in operation for a grand old Taipei movie house showing a revival of King Hu’s wuxia classic Dragon Inn. There’s a skeleton crew looking after the theater and barely anyone in the audience, but somehow director Tsai Ming-liang’s unblinking takes and Sahara-dry wit summons a whole world of incident and emotion out of watching people watch (or ignore) a flick. Arguably Tsai’s best, and a must for true cinephiles.

Saturday, February 19 11:30am;

Monday, February 21 7pm;

Thursday, February 24 9pm.

2003 Tsai Ming-Liang. 1.85:1 Color DCP 82 min. In Mandarin, Min Nan and Japanese with English subtitles.