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The Missing Gun -- Small-town policeman Ma Shan wakes up one morning to discover that his gun is missing. During his search, things take a sinister turn when his first love turns up dead and the bullet appears to be from his gun.


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Small-town policeman Ma Shan wakes up one morning to discover that his gun is missing. During his search, things take a sinister turn when his first love turns up dead and the bullet appears to be from his gun. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Wen Jiang ... Ma Shan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nina Huang Fan ... Ma Juan (as Huang Fan)

Shi Liang ... Zhou Xiao Gang
Xiaoning Liu
Jing Ning ... Li Xiao-meng
Yujuan Wu ... Han Xiaoyun
Wei Xiaoping
Pan Yong

Directed by
Chuan Lu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chuan Lu 

Produced by
Biao Cao .... producer
Yang Du .... executive producer
Wen Jiang .... producer
Dong-ming Shi .... executive producer
Gang Tong .... executive producer
Zhongjun Wang .... producer
Zhonglei Wang .... executive producer
Buting Yang .... producer
Cinematography by
Zhengyu Xie 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jianhua Liu .... costumer
Other crew
Peggy Lee .... production controller

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Also Known As:
"Xun qiang" - China (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief strong language
90 min
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China's first film to be digitally projected in a Chinese cinema.See more »
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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
oddball whodunit, 7 July 2003
Author: lionel2 from Rochester, NY

shot on a relatively low budget ($250,000), The missing gun is an oddball whodunit set in a small si chuan town that gives twin peaks a good run for its money. police officer ma shan embarks on a frenzied quest to regain his vanished weapon, hot on the heels of a nightlong drinking binge. the lost weapon of the title amounts to a technique to afford a glimpse into the town's life, including some disturbing relationships, supposedly hilarious and quirky characters, and a couple of unscrupulous shenanigans. en route, ma shan learns more and more about his own existence and standing in society, slowly peeling away layers of encrusted routine, and even goes as far as almost rekindling his love for resident li xiaomeng. the plot thickens when li turns up murdered, shot with ma's stolen pistol.

the story tries to build up towards a critical finale, yet you'll find it difficult to become engrossed or even stay intrigued. many films bring humor and tragedy together - some beautifully, some a touch on the awkward side. The missing gun appears to have been unable to make up its mind which way to lean, resulting in wasted energy and an overall emptiness. although the opening is well executed, it is unfortunate that it does not manage to maintain a similar level of suspense throughout. a moving u2-like soundtrack helps improve its stock - and a global distribution deal with columbia pictures that has helped put billboard ads on the sides of every street - are unfortunately not enough to elevate The missing gun into classic-dom.

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