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Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
"Guizi lai le" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | War  -  14 March 2001 (France)
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During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time... See full summary »

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Ma Dasan
Yihong Jiang ...
Yu'er (as Hongbo Jiang)
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Kosaburo Hanaya
Ding Yuan ...
Dong Hanchen
Zhijun Cong ...
Grandfather
Zi Xi ...
Liu Wang
Haibin Li ...
Me
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Inokichi Sakatsuka
Weidong Cai ...
Er Bozi
Lianmei Chen ...
Aunt
Yoshimoto Miyaji ...
Koji Nonomura
Qiang Chen ...
'One-Stroke' Liu
David Wu ...
Major Gao
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During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time they will be collected. The village leaders convene to interrogate the prisoners. The townspeople then struggle to accommodate the prisoners. One is a bellicose Japanese nationalist, the other a nervous translator. Will the townspeople manage to keep the prisoners until the New Year? Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Guizi lai le  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,227 (USA) (20 December 2002)

Gross:

$18,223 (USA) (21 February 2003)
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David Wu's character Major Gao in his first entrance to the compound ordered at the Japanese army peddler to move his belongings away in Cantonese, then in Mandarin. See more »

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When the jeep brakes to avoid running over the record player, the sound is tires locking up on pavement. However, they are on a dirt road. See more »

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But who was "me" ?
10 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As others have already stated, this is a marvelous work by Wen Jiang. The setting was beautiful and the cinematography was outstanding. Western audiences may be unfamiliar with the Sino-Japanese conflict but elements of the story transcend that. I will re-watch it carefully but, on first viewing I could not figure out who "me", the kidnapper, was. There is a possible clue however. "me" points a Mauser pistol at Ma Dasan in the opening scene. Mausers were "en vogue" with many Chinese warlords of that era. Was this a coincidence or a subtle hint? Was "me" therefore Chinese? Why would a fellow Chinese person saddle Ma Dasan and his village with such a disastrous assignment?


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