chapter  12
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“I thought of the times we were in front of the flowers”: Analyzing the opening credits of Goodbye Dragon Inn

ByDragon Inn YUNG HAO LIU (TRANSLATED BY MING-YU LEE)

The function of opening titles in films is to serve as the “entrance” to the film. They lead us into the world of the cinematic story. The opening title begins the narration of a film, and once the narration is complete, the closing title “Ends” the film. Hence, the opening and closing titles are like a frame (cadre), which encircles the whole film’s composition as does the front and back cover of a book. Opening and closing titles seem to play a marginal role but the fact is they are quite important.