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

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$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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1 February 2009 | by (NYC, NY) – See all my reviews

I usually only watch Japanese Samurai movies and Japanese anime'. I tried a few Chinese Martial Arts movies and was really annoyed with them. The production, acting and plot are very poor.

I ordered this from NETFLIX thinking (for some reason) that it was a modern Japanese samurai story. So when I saw it was made in China - not just Hong Kong, but mainland China - I was hesitant to watch it. Having nothing else to watch I decided to watch this movie thinking it was about their form of martial arts and give this genre' a chance - one more time.

First off, it takes place during the Japanese occupation of China. (I won't say any more.)

My impression was that this movie is nothing short of perfect. It is film of the highest form. I don't say that about many movies, although I like movies in general, I have said this for only a few. Everything is done right - from cast to production to editing. If I was a director this movie would have made me think over my entire career - and have me learn from it. 12 out of 10.

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