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

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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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Devils on the Doorstep  »

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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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Pacing - wise
15 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

Although the movie has been released in the year 2000 and shot little before that, it does have the feeling of "older" movies. What do I mean by that? Pacing wise it takes the route classic war movies have taken before it and doesn't opt for the MTV Generation cuts/pace (I watched the nearly 3 hour version).

I called this a war movie, but don't get excited about fight scenes, it's more a drama! Saying more than that, might spoil something so I leave it at that! Just be aware of that fact, before you watch the movie! It's very well acted and you're unaware of where this will go! Which I think is great! Although it changes kind of "direction" near the end, it fits the movie (imo).


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