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Tuesday, December 21, 2004
While it sounds a little like Cinema Paradiso, it's also a ghost story, a love song, and a "cruelly, astringently funny" picture, according to the Vancouver Film Festival. The plot of Goodbye, Dragon Inn uses a neat device, too, involving the screening of a 1966 martial arts flick called Dragon Inn as a movie-within-a-movie. The whole thing is highly figurative: The death of Taiwan's huge old movie theaters and the shared experience of moviegoing are invoked by rain leaking through the cinema's roof, while the gimpy box office girl offers the handsome projectionist her peach-shaped fortune bun. Screenings continue daily through Dec. 23 at 6, 8, and 9:45 p.m. with Wednesday matinees at 2 and 4 at the Roxie, 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), S.F. Admission is $4-8; call 863-1087 or visit

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