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In China They Eat Dogs -- The first ever Danish black comedy gangster film. A rip-roaring tall tale packed with armed robbery, explosives and sudden death, all perpetrated with the best intentions!


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10 September 1999 (Denmark) See more »
Two brothers, one cold and ruthless, the other sensitive and reluctant, and their brutal misadventures. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Kim Bodnia ... Harald

Dejan Cukic ... Arvid

Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Martin
Tomas Villum Jensen ... Peter

Peter Gantzler ... Franz

Trine Dyrholm ... Hanne
Line Kruse ... Astrid
Brian Patterson ... Vuk

Søren Sætter-Lassen ... Henning (as Søren Sætter Lassen)
Lester Wiese ... Richard

Jesper Christensen ... Bartender
Lasse Lunderskov ... Jørgen
Preben Harris ... Erling
Slavko Labovic ... Ratko
Zarko Labovic ... Onkel (Uncle)
Vasilije Bojicic ... Onkel (Uncle)
Vojkan Fatic ... Onkel (Uncle)
Nikola Labovic ... Onkel (Uncle)
Milutin Garevic ... Onkel (Uncle)
Anna-Britt Mathiasen ... Gunna (as Anna Britt Mathiassen)
Martin Spang Olsen ... Preben
Red Warszawa ... Rockband (Rock band)
Niels Brinch ... Interviewer
Emil Øigaard ... Vagt 1 (Guard 1)
Erik Holmey ... Vagt 2 (Guard 2)
B.S. Christiansen ... Betjent 1 (Police officer 1)
Jonas Schmidt ... Betjent 2 (Police officer 2)
Jesper Find ... Astrids nabo (Astrid's neighbour)
Christina Birksø ... Ung pige i bank (Young girl in bank)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vanja Bajicic ... Onkel (Uncle)

Directed by
Lasse Spang Olsen 
Writing credits
Anders Thomas Jensen (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Brask .... executive producer
Steen Herdel .... producer
Original Music by
George Keller 
Cinematography by
Morten Søborg 
Film Editing by
Lasse Spang Olsen 
Production Design by
Robert Grant 
Set Decoration by
Bent E. 
Makeup Department
Charlotte Laustsen .... makeup artist
Production Management
Elise Lund Larsen .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ian Kroch .... assistant director
Art Department
Jacob Stig Olsson .... property master (as Jakob Stig Olsson)
Tobias Tømming .... property master
Sound Department
Rolf Auhagen .... dialogue editor
Benni Christiansen .... sound mixer
Brian Christiansen .... sound mixer
Morten Degnbol .... sound
Lars Lund .... sound assistant
Diresh Mirchandani .... sound editor
Clive Taylor .... sound designer: Power Post
Special Effects by
Kim Blidorf .... special effects runner (as Kim Petersen)
Hummer Højmark .... special effects coordinator: Dansk Special Effekt Service (as Hummer Høimark)
Lars Kolding Andersen .... special effects technician
Ilja Jonbak Nielsen .... special effects assistant (as Ilja Jon Bak Nielsen)
Visual Effects by
Steen Lyders Hansen .... Inferno artist
Andreas Rostock .... Inferno artist
Martin Wells .... digital grader: Philips Spirit Datacine, The Warehouse A/S
Michael Einspor .... stunt props: Einspor MC-produktion
Terry Forrestal .... stunts
Steen Herdel .... stunts
Ole Jensen .... stunt props
Lasse Spang Olsen .... stunt coordinator
Lasse Spang Olsen .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Anders Askegaard .... still photographer
Jesper Find .... assistant camera
Hans Jacob Hansen .... lighting assistant
Thomas Neivelt .... lighting supervisor
Ricki Rasmussen .... clapper loader (as Ricki Bering Rasmussen)
Otto Stenov .... lighting supervisor
Jesper With .... lighting technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eva Nauman .... costumer
Editorial Department
Jesper Andersen .... post-production coordinator
Tómas Gislason .... teaser trailer editor
Christell Moe .... post-production coordinator: Digital Film Lab
Lasse Spang Olsen .... teaser trailer editor
Other crew
Mark Andersen .... runner
Pernille Thorup Andersen .... production assistant
Thomas Bue Schultz .... film recordist: The Warehouse
B.S. Christiansen .... weapons coordinator
Stine Monty Freddie .... script supervisor
Niels Frederik .... chef: Restaurant F
Lothar Friis .... weapons coordinator
Hans Ib Noe Hansen .... on-line technician
Martin Hansen .... production assistant
Camilla Hjersing .... runner
P.K. Jensen .... weapons coordinator
Mogens Kløvedal .... consultant: TV2
Jakob Larsen .... runner
Thomas Ravn .... location scout
Matthias Kromann Rode .... runner
Sille Rebekka Tikøb .... production assistant (as Sille Tikjøb)
Tómas Gislason .... thanks
Søren Hvestendal .... thanks: Vejafdelingens Forvaltningskontor
Birger Møller Jensen .... thanks
Erik Klenum .... thanks: DS Industrien
Jan Krogsgård .... thanks
Per Falk Larsen .... thanks: Vejafdelingens Forvaltningskontor
Nikoline Hede Madsen .... thanks
Eddie Simonsen .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"I Kina spiser de hunde" - Denmark (original title)
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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

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Continuity: When Harald and Arvid are in the car, the rear door on Harald's side switches from being locked to being unlocked a couple of times.See more »
Harald:[after shooting Franz] Shut up.See more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
In China They Eat Dogs, 20 September 2010
Author: random_avenger

Action films are not the most prominent type of Nordic cinema, but not entirely unheard of either. A good example is the Danish black comedy In China They Eat Dogs that was eventually followed by a prequel Old Men in New Cars in 2002. The story deals with Arvid Blixen (Dejan Cukic), a mild-mannered bank clerk who is dumped by his girlfriend for being too boring. After unexpectedly preventing a bank robbery, he comes to re-evaluate his uneventful life and decides that he wants to be a criminal instead to help out the robber Franz (Peter Gantzler) whom he inadvertently sent to prison. With the help of his ruthless restaurant owner brother Harald (Kim Bodnia), his cooks Martin and Peter (Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Tomas Villum Jensen) and the hapless kitchen assistant Vuk (Brian Patterson), Arvid gets involved in a spectacular downward spiral of crime, after which nothing will be the same again.

The movie doesn't allow itself to be bound by the limitations of realism and maintains a very dark comedic mood throughout. A lot of the appeal comes from the unusual nature of the characters: the gang members are not sharp-tongued gangsters like in many regular heist films, but instead rather shy and easily manipulated. Awkward silences take the place of clever insults and snappy comebacks – the chemistry between the team burns quietly. The comical Martin and Peter, the unlucky, naive Vuk and the timid Arvid end up in increasingly uncontrollable situations where bodies start piling up and the direction of things slips out of control but everything is taken with confused Nordic reservedness, adding up to a pretty unique and quietly funny story. Interspersed with the main scenes are clips of a foreigner named Richard (Lester Wiese) narrating the story to a bartender (Jesper Christensen); the story lines are tied together in the bizarre supernatural ending that nevertheless oddly manages to fit in the film's casual state of mind effortlessly.

The action scenes are well created, especially the epic armoured van robbery, and the surprisingly brutal violence is only softened by the politically incorrect dark humour bubbling under the surface. The title"In China They Eat Dogs" is related to the theme of the relativity of morals; the will of a timid man wanting to be bold and true to himself in the midst of unpredictable twists of life is not left unrewarded at the end, but since everything is seen through thick satirical glasses, nothing can be taken too literally. To sum up, the movie successfully plays with the conventions of crime cinema and moral expectations of the audience, creating an enjoyable little movie that is both over-the-top and down-to-earth at the same time.

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