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Goodbye South, Goodbye Details

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After spending much of the decade making films about Taiwan's complex and troubled history, [[Performer~P95029~Hou Hsiao Hsien~houhsiaohsien]] turns his attention to its money-obsessed present with this gangster drama. Tattooed mobster, Kao ([[Performer~P204985~Jack Kao~jackkao]]), and his quick-tempered, aptly named protégé, Flathead ([[Performer~P205239~Lim Giong~limgiong]]), along with their girlfriends, Ying ([[Performer~P236440~Hsu Kuei-ying~hsukueiying]]) and Pretzel ([[Performer~P233010~Annie Shizuka Inoh~annieshizukainoh]]), are desperately trying to make it big. Their master plan is open a disco in Shanghai, but that scheme seems less and less likely with each call they get from their cell phone. Corrupt mainland potentates want a king's ransom in kickbacks while Pretzel racked up a king's ransom of debt herself at the mahjong table, prompting her to make a half-hearted suicide attempt. To make ends meet, these would-be entrepreneurs make a stab at swindling the government over swine -- selling sows when they are supposed to be the more valuable studs. They wine and dine the farmers in rural backwater Chiayi only to get cut out of the deal and kidnapped by the corrupt police. This film was dubbed of the ten best films of the 1990s by numerous critics, including [[Performer~P66899~Susan Sontag~susansontag]]. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Cast

Jack Kao
as Kao
Hsu Kuei-ying
as Ying
Lim Giong
as Flathead
Annie Shizuka Inoh
as Pretzel

Crew

Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Director
King Jieh-wen
Producer
Shozo Ichiyama
Producer
Katsuhiro Mizuno
Producer
Huang Chong
Producer
Ben Hsieh
Producer
Kazuyoshi Okuyama
Producer
Jack Kao
Screenwriter
King Jieh-wen
Screenwriter
Lim Giong
Songwriter
Liao Ching-song
Editor
Hwang Wern-ying
Production Designer
Yang Teng-Kuei
Executive Producer
Chang Hua-fu
Line Producer
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