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Da wan (2001)

Yankie director Don Tyler faces mounting insecurity and declining health while on location in Beijing, so his assistant hires down-and-out camerman YoYo to take the reins. Scrambling, ... See full summary »

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YoYo
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Lucy
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Tyler
Da Ying ...
Louis Wang
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Tony
Ping He ...
(as He Ping)
Biao Fu ...
Himself (as Fu Biao)
Chengru Li
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Peter
Paul Duke
Xiaogeng Li ...
(as Li Xiaogeng)
Liu Yi-Wei ...
(as Yiwei Liu)
Xu Xiao-Li ...
(as Xu Xiaoli)
Ye Hong
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Yankie director Don Tyler faces mounting insecurity and declining health while on location in Beijing, so his assistant hires down-and-out camerman YoYo to take the reins. Scrambling, studio boss sells the sagging picture to a Japanese media company. But YoYo is determined to upstage the whole production by granting the director's wish to have a grand "comedy funeral". To raise the money for it, he auctions off advertising and sponsorships for the funeral to companies around the world. But wait...is Don getting better? Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »

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21 December 2001 (China)  »

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Big Shot's Funeral  »

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$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$646 (USA) (17 January 2003)

Gross:

$646 (USA) (17 January 2003)
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Big Shot's Funeral is commercialism run amok.
3 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Years ago my high school economics teacher held up a tin toy car with wooden wheels. It was the typical Japanese product of its day. "Beware of people who can do this," he told us. The class did not understand his words until he turned the car over to reveal that it had been made from a Schlitz beer can. The rest of Japanese ingenuity and production is history.

The movie Da wan (Big Shot's Funeral) carries a similar message. Though they may be behind, the Chinese can catch on quickly, particularly to the world of Madison Avenue as illustrated by this hilarious movie where hype and commercialism run amok. This movie reminds me of the 50's si/fi novel "Space Merchants" (Gravy Planet) by Pohl and Kornbluth in which an ad agency gets the exclusive rights to advertise products on the planet Venus. The unconscionable excess on both Venus and in China say much about us as consumers who would rather be entertained than informed.

Sutherland, always good, is excellent here. I am confident the low rating for this film is because of its subtitles, but they are not a bother and are part of the humor.


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