Goodbye, Dragon Inn

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Re: Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Postby sandman » 09 Sep 2011, 15:38

Legend has it that the big wheel that was up there fell on the guy who was contracted to take it down.

Another of my good friends was shooting a music video up there featuring the big wheel being dismantled. The worker was killed either later that same day or the next day.
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Re: Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Postby Poagao » 09 Sep 2011, 17:56

There was a fire in the building where all the brochures were, they are all gone now. I also saved a few.
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Re: Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Postby Super Hans » 12 Sep 2011, 21:19

Incubus wrote:How did you get the lights set up for the pics? The auditorium seems well-lit. Was there still electricity with working lights after 10 years in disrepair?


I ran around with an un-mounted flash and activated it at different areas in the space I weas trying to photograph. The exposures you see are typically over a minute long - there is absolutely no light at all in the building.
If you look at the shot of the auditorium, you can see on the left hand side a lot of light streams. This is me running up the stairs with a flashlight. In the shot of the ticket desk, you can see my hand activating the flash on the right hand side.
The bones got the wrong detail I hoped it would have for you
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Re: Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Postby steev » 12 Sep 2011, 21:45

Elegua wrote:I'm pretty sure I saw a movie or two at this theater when I was a student living in Yonghe in the early to mid 1990s. It had really cheap tickets and played HKG movies as well as western movies that were out of the theaters. One movies ran right after the other, with no breaks. One ticket got you as many movies as you could stand watching. No concessions so you could bring whatever outside snacks or food you wanted. The print quality was terrible, the sound system was loud, the seats were old and kind of stinky , but it was something to do on on a student's budget on a cold, grey winter's day.

I think the Taiwanese can give the Portuguese a run for their money when it comes to saudade. The island seems steeped in it.


I was planning to go over there in the next few weeks to catch one of those double bills... looks like I'm about a decade too late... I'll check out the Tsai Ming-liang movie when I get chance...
I love those old complexes... they get really interesting when they get run down ... and I really miss the old Taiwan...
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Re: Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Postby Incubus » 13 Sep 2011, 20:42

Super Hans wrote:
Incubus wrote:How did you get the lights set up for the pics? The auditorium seems well-lit. Was there still electricity with working lights after 10 years in disrepair?


I ran around with an un-mounted flash and activated it at different areas in the space I weas trying to photograph. The exposures you see are typically over a minute long - there is absolutely no light at all in the building.
If you look at the shot of the auditorium, you can see on the left hand side a lot of light streams. This is me running up the stairs with a flashlight. In the shot of the ticket desk, you can see my hand activating the flash on the right hand side.

:notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

So were there any creepy-crawlies? Or was it too dark to see? Reminds me of one of those Indiana Jones movies where Harrison Ford lights a torch in the dark and there're hundreds of snakes all around. :eek:
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Re: Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Postby scj » 14 Oct 2011, 23:54

Absolutely by far and away the most fascinating, coolest post on a fairly reactionary, whining website (see recent horrific posts on the Occupy Taipei Thread)...

Really fascinating way you explored this space and with an obvious love for and knowledge of Taiwanese film and culture. Very very cool man...thanks for your work and passion on this!!
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Re: Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Postby Xeno » 06 Sep 2013, 21:27

Awesome thread! For this I will unearth it from the archives :D
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Re: Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Postby CTaitung » 07 Sep 2013, 10:33

Many a movies (double-showings) I went to in the early-1990s to late-1990s with my local friend(s).
The price, if I remember correctly was like N$100 for 2 second-run movies. So, all one had to do was wait until the Hollywood movies ran through the first few months at the theaters in Taipei City, and then they showed up here.
It was great, because you could bring in any food you want, so the smells were like at a night market, with lots of noises from plastic bags being opened and plastic cups being popped with straws. Brings back lots of good memories of a packed theater on Saturdays or Sundays or holidays.
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Re: Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Postby tango42 » 07 Sep 2013, 11:20

Awesome. Amazing.
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