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The Bird People in China (1998)

Chûgoku no chôjin (original title)
A salaryman and yakuza are each sent by their bosses to a remote Chinese village but discover more then they expected.

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A young Japanese salaryman is sent by his company to a remote Chinese village to evaluate precious Jade that is found there but before he arrives he meets up with yakuza who was sent to tail him to protect his boss's interest in the company. When the men finally arrive their mission becomes sidetracked by their interest in a mysterious young village girl, her haunting English language song and the secret that makes men fly like birds. Written by Danny Leary

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A love letter to the past
3 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I got hold of this film simply because I spent some time travelling in Yunnan last year. Seeing it today was magical, so evocative of the people, this lush country, the amazing sense of isolation and belonging. Made me want to throw down this job and go straight back again. This is an enjoyable, thoughtful, well made film; the star really has to be the setting though, that feeling of all the time in the world, being with the aged mountains to watch the days go by. You can really understand what drives Ujiie near the end of the film. The sense of impending loss, as even now China marches its wilderness towards modernity, balanced with the benefits its people hope for. The phenomenon of the global tourist has to now decide how it accepts the replacement of the way of life for the self-determining people they go to visit.


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