MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 23,716 this week

Design of Death (2012)
"Sha sheng" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  28 April 2012 (China)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 242 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 2 critic

The violent death of an unpopular village resident is initially blamed on an infectious disease, but an investigation shows that everybody in the village had a reason to murder him.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 43 titles
created 16 Nov 2011
 
a list of 3852 titles
created 02 Jan 2012
 
a list of 435 titles
created 09 Apr 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 26 May 2013
 
a list of 385 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Design of Death" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Design of Death (2012)

Design of Death (2012) on IMDb 6.4/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Design of Death.
5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

During Second Sino-Japanese War, China suffered from cholera outbreak because Japanese uses it as an biological weapon. Four Chinese agents captures a Japanese scientist and his bodyguard ... See full summary »

Director: Hu Guan
Stars: Ye Liu, Hanyu Zhang, Bo Huang
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Contains over 150 minutes of interview footage, much of which is unedited and never seen before.

Director: Hao Ning
Stars: Yuanyuan Cheng, Wei Fan, Tao Guo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story begins on a bus, when white-collar worker Ye refuses to give up her seat to a senior citizen. Her defiance is videotaped by a journalist intern and played during a news show. The ... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Yuanyuan Gao, Chen Yao, Mark Chao
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Wealthy middle-aged entrepreneur Qin and beautiful flight attendant Xiaoxiao Liang question their relationship after presiding over good friends Mang Guo and Shan Li's lavish "divorce ceremony."

Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: Honglei Sun, Yicong Wu, Yixuan An
Nightfall (2012)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

As Lam zeroes in on a killer from the past, the murder appears to be a straightforward case of revenge. But the more that Lam pursues his suspect, the deeper he falls into a web of lies. To... See full summary »

Director: Chow Hin Yeung Roy
Stars: Simon Yam, Nick Cheung, Chi-Yeung Chow
Dearest (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A story centered around a couple living in a remote village and dealing with the disappearance of their missing son.

Director: Peter Chan
Stars: Wei Zhao, Bo Huang, Dawei Tong
Monga (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Set in 1980s Taiwan, after the end of military dictatorship, Monga centers around the troubled lives of five boys coming of age together. The narrator of the story, Mosquito, is invited to ... See full summary »

Director: Doze Niu
Stars: Ethan Juan, Mark Chao, Ju-Lung Ma
Killing (2014)
Comedy | Drama

A comedian must face up to the one thing in his life that isn't funny: his estranged son.

Director: Mark von Sternberg
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Er Cheng
Stars: Dahong Ni, Honglei Sun, Luodan 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
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
Director: Kwok-Leung Gan
Stars: Janice Man, Chen Chang, Simon Yam
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Qin Fen, a funny, honest, single inventor, met a girl called Smiley, who was in agony of her boyfriend's betrayal. They traveled to Hokkaido, tried to help Smiley cure her pain in heart, ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: You Ge, Qi Shu, Xiao Che
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Niu Jie Shi
...
Yi Sheng
Alec Su ...
Niu Yi Sheng / Dr. Niu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Dai
Xiaolei Huang
Jing Liang ...
Longevity Town Midwife
Jingwu Ma ...
Longevity Town Mayor
Xun Wang ...
Longevity Town Painter
...
Widow Ma
Edit

Storyline

The violent death of an unpopular village resident is initially blamed on an infectious disease, but an investigation shows that everybody in the village had a reason to murder him.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 April 2012 (China)  »

Also Known As:

Design of Death  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
You think you can beat the fate? Well, the fate will beat you!
18 January 2013 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

I first thought this film would be historical drama or something... How wrong i was!

Just imagine: almost mythical, absurd and satirical village, in which dozens of pathetic and funny characters are trying to achieve material peace. The thing is, the main protagonist is an absolute ***hole and thus, the villagers are trying to get rid of him...

BUT... This huge "BUT" is a core element of the film, which i'm not gonna spoil.

Design of Death is very funny, simple minded and sloppy in it's first part. Slowly, viewer will realize that the story is far more serious and mesmerizing than it seems. The plot is constructed very beautifully and intelligently. There are some amazing nuances in the scenes. I advise the viewer to pay attention to the "happy birthday song"; One can easily miss it, but in my opinion, it's one of the greatest things a man can come up with.

Actors and actresses are both very awesome. They are chosen so damn well that, just by looking at their silhouettes somehow makes you feel that they are tied to the film's sad yet funny, but also lethal, unavoidable and eternal idea...

This movie has an amazing ending, both in execution and story-wise. I was literally shocked when i saw the finale...

Complex, fun, dark... Managing to be both tragedy and comedy, having top notch actors and of course the most bad-ass name, which perfectly describes the substance.

Design of Death. One of my personal favorites. Terrific Movie. There's a very little chance that you will ever forget this awesomeness.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Design of Death (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?