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The Drummer (2007)
"Zhan. gu" (original title)

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A gangster's willful son is sent into hiding over sexual misconduct. Sent far, he unexpectedly takes up with remote Buddhist drummers who slowly but profoundly influence his life.

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Hong Dou (as Lee Sinje)
Roy Cheung ...
Ah Chiu
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Sina
Ruo-yu Liu ...
Lan Jie
Chih-chun Huang ...
Sifu / Master (as Huang Chih-Chun)
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Stephen Ma
Hei-Yi Cheng ...
Carmen (as Yumiko Cheng)
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Huang Shih Yun ...
Milin
Lin Hsiu-Chin ...
Shan
Tu Yu-Fong ...
Yilu
Huang Yi-Ting ...
Ting
Huang Kun-Ming ...
Ching
Bo-Ren Cheng ...
Shu
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Hong Kong mob lord Kwan's spoiled-rotten heir Sid is caught having sex with father's 'business partner' Stephen Ma's daughter. To avoid an honor murder, Sid is rushed to the Taiwanese countryside, incognito, with a bodyguard. There Sid decides to transfer his rock drummer ambitions to the reputed local Zen percussion ensemble of master Ah Chiu, who uses music lessons as Buddhist life training. Still, crime connections catch up. Written by KGF Vissers

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The Drummer is the first feature film from Hong Kong and Taiwan selected for competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won The Hollywood Reporter's Critics' Pick. See more »

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Stephen Ma: Qing dynasty emperor Yong Zheng has a young son named Qian Long who was a smart boy. It was decided that he would succeed the throne, but his older brother became jealous of him and plotted against him. Qian Long survived the ordeal. What do you think the father did? He gave his rogue son a cup of poison.
Kwan: Qian Long begged for his brother's life, but to maintain peace the father killed him anyway. I watched the TV series, too.
Stephen Ma: Don't get excited. I'm not asking you to kill your son. I want his ...
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The Drummer — The small time movie that wanted to be big
30 November 2012 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

The Drummer missed out on a few key elements that stopped it from reaching its unstated goal, which was to make a philosophical statement. Unfortunately, the last gangster part of the movie is very weak. It's not a bad ending per say, it's just badly played out. It's difficult to tell is it's simply the acting that is sub-par, or if it's the scenario, the editing, or even the directing.

When you see the end, you put into question the rest of the movie, and the light it casts just makes it look like low budget movie. It doesn't look that way until the end. What happened? Hard to say.

Exclude the end and you get great visual with an interesting movie, but I can't recommend it because it leaves you with an undesirable aftertaste.


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