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Take crime out of police work, and what's left is procedures. In the western sector of Beijing, we follow the tedium of police officers. A rabid dog is loose in Guoli's beat: a gang of police officers hunts it down. Then, word comes from on high to pick up all the dogs in the sector: fear of rabies combines with the dogs' being status symbols of the nouveau riche. Occasionally a criminal is picked up: someone selling porn, someone running a three-card-monte game. Cops smoke, go to meetings, and hold trainings. They patrol on bicycles and enforce edicts. Guoli works nights. He's lazy at home, his wife wants him to do more. Is there any more to do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Spectacular Film
20 April 2005 | by (Hamilton College) – See all my reviews

A hilarious and realistic look at (police) life in Beijing; this film was produced on location and used real police, not actors; allegedly, the criminals shown were actually apprehended during the production of the film.

The other review commented that this film was incredibly dull and boring-- I it found the exact opposite. It was absolutely amazing to see the real mid-nineties Beijing. The supposedly "every-day" nature of the material is enlightening to one who has not experienced the mid-nineties Beijing, and is surely an insightful "step-back" analysis even to one who has experienced it.

All the material is first-rate. For someone not particularly looking for sensationalism, for someone who is fascinated by amazing (but not ridiculous) people and things that happen in the real world, this is a great film. I marvelled at the resourceful-- albeit somewhat pathetic, but nonetheless likable-- police officers and criminals.


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