MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,032 this week

The Message (2009)
"Feng sheng" (original title)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 2,062 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 19 critic

1942, Nanjing (Nanking). Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a ... See full summary »

Directors:

,

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Related News

The Message (Feng Sheng) Review
| Twitch

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 19 Nov 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 23 Nov 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 19 Sep 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 12 Oct 2013
 
3
a list of 41 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Message" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Message (2009)

The Message (2009) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Message.
5 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Message I (2012)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young wife and mother of two children is challenged to overcome her passive beliefs on religion after a serious car accident. Receiving haunting images of her past she is forced to make a decision that will decide her fate.

Director: Thomas P. Clay
Stars: Erica Leerhsen, David Fine, Emma Kate Abdoney
Painted Skin (2008)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers.

Directors: Gordon Chan, Andy Wing-Keung Chin, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Xun Zhou, Wei Zhao, Kun Chen
The Knot (2006)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Li Yin
Stars: Kun Chen, Bingbing Li, Steven Cheung
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In the years after the Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty in China and established the republic, China broken up into fiefdoms held by warlords, who are busy fighting each other. A ... See full summary »

Director: Tung-Shing Yee
Stars: Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Ching Wan Lau, Xun Zhou
Ming Ming (2006)
Action | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Ming Ming is a 21st Century martial arts princess and lady Robin Hood who steals for love. Her Prince Charming is D, a maverick fighter and irresistible rogue who posted this challenge to ... See full summary »

Director: Susie Au
Stars: Xun Zhou, Daniel Wu, Tony Yo-ning Yang
Triple Tap (2010)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Champion competitive marksman Ken comes across an armored van robbery. He sees a policeman held hostage and shoots and kills four of the robbers. One of the robbers escapes and the ... See full summary »

Director: Tung-Shing Yee
Stars: Louis Koo, Daniel Wu, Charlene Choi
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A con-team couple (Andy Lau & Rene Liu) head west after taking a city businessman for his BMW. But an encounter with a naive young carpenter travelling home with his life savings challenges their fate as thieves.

Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: Andy Lau, Rene Liu, Baoqiang Wang
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An espionage thriller set in the 1950s and adapted from the novel "Year Suan/Plot Against" by May Jia. Tony Leung Chiu Wai plays a blind man who works for a piano tuner. He is recruited for a spy mission because of his exceptional hearing.

Directors: Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Stars: Xun Zhou, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Mavis Fan
I Do (2012)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Zhou Sun
Stars: Bingbing Li, Honglei Sun, Yihong Duan
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a mysterious death occurs, the lives of five unexpected strangers are suddenly intertwined together. A drug trafficking crime is unveiled, and through the twist and turns of the ... See full summary »

Director: Baoping Cao
Stars: Xun Zhou, Chao Deng, Hanyu Zhang
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A series of intertwining stories focus on the lives and transformations of three women.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Xun Zhou, Lun Mei Gwei, Kitty Zhang Yuqi
Perhaps Love (2005)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A love triangle develops during the making of a musical in mainland China.

Director: Peter Chan
Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Xun Zhou, Jacky Cheung
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Gu Xiaomeng
...
Wu Zhiguo
...
Li Ning Yu
...
Takeda / Wu Tian
Alec Su ...
Bai Xiaonian
Zhiwen Wang ...
Wang Daoxiang
Da Ying ...
Jin Shenghuo
Yihong Duan ...
Ye Jianbo
Xu Zhu ...
Senior
...
Assassin
Zhaoqi Shi ...
Captain Zhang
Dahong Ni ...
Lao Bie
Gang Wu ...
Liuye
Jiajia Deng ...
Japanese waitress
Yibai Zhang
Edit

Storyline

1942, Nanjing (Nanking). Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a mansion house for questioning. A tense game of "cat and mouse" ensues as the Chinese code-breaker attempts to send out a crucial message while protecting his/her own identity. Written by emfarrell

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 September 2009 (China)  »

Also Known As:

The Message  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Made in China is not always bad
9 November 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The opening of the film already shows some quite different quality from the otherwise dull and hard Chinese films. Visual effect it is, that is what the Chinese doesn't have or has but in a poor way.

However, nice, eyes attracting cg isn't the essence of this film. The script and the performance are the winning factors. Quite like a detective movie, but another way round, "bad" guys searching "good" guys. Clues, dialogs and something unexpected come one after another. Of course, the final answer only shows up in the end. The atmosphere is right: set in a castle, no way to escape, dark and brutal, even bloody. The struggle between Chinese and Japanese in the War time, or to be more general, between the righteous and the evil at that time, is the permanent subject of all time.

Performance of the actors and actresses are beyond reproach. My only disappointment is on Zhou Xu. Nothing in particular, only, say, it can be better.

I have heard that because of the censor some scenes were heavily cut. The cut part must be something even more bloody and scary. However, what should I say, without these scary scenes, the impact of the whole movie would reduce to its half. And I would like to say, the remaining "torture" scenes are not yet entirely convincing, although they are quite enough for the mass majority in China.

In addition, the last scene is quite superfluous, intending to highlight the "old ghost". In an old Chinese saying, painting feet on a snake. In my opinion, silence will do the trick, just let the audience remind themselves.

At the end of the comment: I want more although it is enough!


17 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
similar movies ioanacostea_gabriela
Not that good. willbe_r
That song in German sung in the castle... Morbius-7
The song the jazz band plays? emphaticitalic
Discuss The Message (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?