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Bei kao bei, lian dui lian (1994)

Wang Shuangli is Deputy Director of the local Cultural Centre, and hopes to be appointed Director. However Old Ma is brought in from the country and installed as Director. This starts a ... See full summary »

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(as Jian Xin Huang), (as Ya Zhou Yang)

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(novel), (screenplay) (as Xin Huang) | 1 more credit »
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6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zhenhua Niu ... Deputy Director Wang Shuangli (as Zhen Hua Niu)
Kesheng Lei ... Ma (as Ke Sheng Lei)
Qiang Li ... Yen
Hao Ju ... Accountant Li
Guoxiang Liu ... Old Wang (Wang's father) (as Guo Xiang Liu)
Xuezheng Xu ... Luo (as Xue Zheng Xu)
Haihai Lin ... Fanglan (Wang's wife) (as Hai Hai Lin)
Jinsong Wang ... Monkey (as Jin Song Wang)
Qian Wun ... Song (as Qian Wen)
Nannan She ... Lung Bingbing (as Nan Nan She)
Zhijun Ge ... Bureau director Lung (as Zhi Jun Ge)
Zaijun Ma ... Asst. bureau director Xu (as Zai Jun Ma)
Weiling Wu ... Siao Lerler (as Wei Ling Wu)
Xiaotong Zhang ... Director Shi (as Xiao Tong Zhang)
Yi Zhang ... Hong Hong
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Wang Shuangli is Deputy Director of the local Cultural Centre, and hopes to be appointed Director. However Old Ma is brought in from the country and installed as Director. This starts a long train of events with Wang's cronies using the bureaucracy to try to oust the new director. At home, Wang has problems because his father wants Wang to have a son to carry on the family name. However, because of the one-child policy, Wang cannot have any more children unless his young daughter is certified infirm. Written by Will Gilbert

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October 1994 (USA)  »

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Back to Back, Face to Face  »

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Don't forget the social criticism behind this movie
16 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

What this movie criticizes is the integral part of corruption: connection. Those who are able to be promoted is not due to their merits or ability, but simply depends on who he or she knows in the higher tier of bureaucracy. The film did a great job in criticizing this problem that is faced by everyone in China. Hail! A perfect 10!


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