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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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Miike's best, hands down (no pun)
7 December 2005 | by djoresSee all my reviews

If you are going to see one Miike movie (just to see what the hell all the fuss is about), make it this one.

"Heart of Darkness" (aka 'Apocalypse Now') fades as a Euro-centric teen angst tale in comparison to this delicate gem, which has it all: mystery, search, innocence, innocence lost, passion, crime, sacrifice, sacrilege, comedy, drama, tragedy, and best of all - everything is carried by myths and dreams.

In the words of Miike himself (from an interview in the 'extras' section of the DVD): "...cinema not just for entertainment" However, if you feel like venturing further into Miike territory, be cautioned, it's a treacherous zone and takes some stunt-level adaptation.


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