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Devils on the Doorstep (2000)

Guizi lai le (original title)
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
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Ding Yuan ...
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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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Devils on the Doorstep  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$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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A masterpiece from Jiang Wen, again
1 February 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

After enjoying the excellent In the Heat of the Day, I really looked forward to watching this movie and had high expectation on it, and I certainly wasn't disappointed.

This movie is a tragi-comedy about the Japanese invasion of China, which of course is no laughing matter, but this movie is genuinely funny and never falls into the bad taste category because it shows you the brutality of war and how it affects the Chinese people (albeit from a different angle than one would expect).

The ending, which I am not going to give away, is excellent and I think it is the most courageous war movie ending I have ever seen. However, one thing about Jiang Wen's movies is that they are so technically interesting that it is difficult to see what his movie is about as a whole.

Anyway, I highly recommend this film.


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