Kao, a small-time crook from Taiwan's suburban backwater, becomes entangled in a dangerous game of corrupt politics when his temperamental friend Flat Head antagonizes the wrong people.
In the tradition of Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, Goodbye South, Goodbye, explores the world of small-time crime in the present-day suburban backwaters of Taipei. Directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien (Flowers of Shanghai, A Time to Live and a Time to Die), the film follows the luckless entrepreneurial ventures of Kao (Jack Kao) and his misfit cohort Flat Head (Taiwanese pop star Lim Giong). A non-stop schemer, Kao devises a plan to raise money by trading subsidized pigs to the government for cash. The ruse works, but when the temperamental Flat Head antagonizes the wrong people, the two find themselves caught up in a dangerous game of corrupt politics.