Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Nick Pinkerton


Fireflies Press, 2021. Softcover, 240pp., 4.5 x 6 inches


Is cinema really dying? As movie houses close and corporations dominate, the art form is at risk of changing beyond recognition. In this wide-ranging and elegiac essay, Nick Pinkerton reflects upon Tsai Ming-liang’s 2003 film Goodbye, Dragon Inn, a modern classic haunted by the ghosts and portents of a culture in flux.

‘A brilliant concept brilliantly executed, Tsai Ming-liang’s deceptively modest Goodbye, Dragon Inn is among the most resonant films of the still young twenty-first century. Its exegetist Nick Pinkerton ranks among the top film critics who have emerged this side of the millennium. The book is a fortuitous match – engagingly personal, securely erudite, stylish, and very, very smart.’

-J. Hoberman