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Xian shi huo bao (1990)

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2 has-been actors open a sham business in North China and scam money from the citizens.

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Credited cast:
Lifan Dong ...
Xiao Cong
Han-Lin Gong ...
Dao Ye
Da Guo ...
Da Shan
Aimin Hao ...
Mi Kang
Su Ying Huang ...
Wang Er Shen
Hao Ju ...
Zhi Ma
Kesheng Lei ...
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Guoqing Shi ...
Mudu
Li Tsung Tsen ...
Zhang Da Ma
Lei Yang ...
Miss Xiao Xi
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Stupid Ben Shan
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2 has-been actors open a sham business in North China and scam money from the citizens.

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Social satire of China
8 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

The literal translation of the title of this movie is: Contemporary Fools.

This movie is a social satire in that it criticized the rampant corruption and the fraud in China in a comical way. Since it was just merely a year after the June 4th incident, it took a very cautious approach to avoid being banned by avoiding the direct criticism on the governmental bureaucrats, and instead, making the protagonists as the bad guys from common people.

Such cautious approach paid off, the movie had successfully passed the governmental censorship and was not banned.


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