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The Bird People in China (1998)

Chûgoku no chôjin (original title)
A salaryman and yakuza are each sent by their bosses to a remote Chinese village but discover more then they expected.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Makoto Shiina (based on a novel by), Masa Nakamura (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Masahiro Motoki ... Wada
Renji Ishibashi ... Ujiie
Mako ... Shen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michiko Kichise
Yûichi Minato Yûichi Minato ... (as Yuuichi Minato)
Tomohiko Okuda Tomohiko Okuda
Manzô Shinra Manzô Shinra
Li Li Wang Li Li Wang ... Yan, Si-chang
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Storyline

A young Japanese salaryman is sent by his company to a remote Chinese village to evaluate precious Jade that is found there but before he arrives he meets up with yakuza who was sent to tail him to protect his boss's interest in the company. When the men finally arrive their mission becomes sidetracked by their interest in a mysterious young village girl, her haunting English language song and the secret that makes men fly like birds. Written by Danny Leary

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Chinese | English

Release Date:

10 June 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bird People in China See more »

Filming Locations:

Yunnan, China

Company Credits

Production Co:

Excellent Film, Sedic See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Just perfect!!!
8 August 1999 | by _t_See all my reviews

I've seen this Japanese movie on the 48th Melbourne International Film Festival. It is such one of the great films I have seen. I think the novel should be a good starting point of this film. It is the story about Japanese business, development, money and high technology to a far far away village in Yunnan, China. Certainly, some people argue that pure nature would be destroy and they can do anything to against the project of development. The researcher team difficultly get there. When they finally are in the village, people there are very nice. The villagers believe that their ancestor could fly. What is the truth that the team discover? Go to watch this movie. You are going to know then.

Anyway, I wouldn't love this film if the end wasn't like this. You need to see this perfect end by yourself. There is no word to explain. As well, you need to go to listen to the theme song. It makes me mad about the sadness of the character.


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