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Director:
Writers:
Makoto Shiina (based on a novel by)
Masa Nakamura (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 June 1998 (Japan) See more »
Plot:
A salaryman and yakuza are each sent by their bosses to a remote Chinese village but discover more then they expected. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A love letter to the past See more (33 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Takashi Miike 
 
Writing credits
Makoto Shiina (based on a novel by)

Masa Nakamura (screenplay)

Produced by
Yasuhiko Furusato .... producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa .... producer
Seiha Ohji .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kôji Endô 
 
Cinematography by
Hideo Yamamoto 
 
Film Editing by
Yasushi Shimamura  (as Taiji Shimamura)
 
Production Design by
Keiko Mitsumatsu 
 
Set Decoration by
Tatsuo Ozeki 
 
Makeup Department
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bunmei Katô .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jun Nakamura .... sound re-recording mixer
Jun Nakamura .... sound recordist
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Chûgoku no chôjin" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
118 min
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A love letter to the past, 3 October 2006
Author: parien from United Kingdom

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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