Nanguo zaijan, nanguo
(Goodbye South, Goodbye)

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Taiwan, an island in the south seas. For both mainland China and Japan that ruled the island for 50 years, Taiwan is the south - hot and humid. But today, in the 90's, what shape does Taiwan find itself in? Kao is riding the minitrain to Ping Chi to set up a 10-day gambling den with his friend Hsi. Kao is taking Flat Head, his acolyte, and Pletzel, Flat Head's girlfriend, who works part time in a night club. Kao's girlfriend Ying, who works in the same nightclub as Pletzel, doesn't like the people around Kao, finding them dangerous. But Kao has already made a deal with Hsi to invest in a nightclub in Shanghai. Ying doesn't want him to go. She wants him to stay in Taiwan to open a restaurant...

"This film represents a big challenge to me since I tried to create a new rhythm different from my previous films." - Hou Hsiao-hsien

Directed by: Hsiao-hsien Hou
Written by: T'ien-wen Chu, Jack Kao
Starring: Vicky Wei, Jack Kao, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Giong Lim, Hsiang Hsi, Kuei-Ying Hsu, Ming Kao, Pi-tung Lien
Produced by: Shozo Ichiyama, Katsuhiro Mizuno
Original Music by: Giong Lim

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