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In China They Eat Dogs (1999)

I Kina spiser de hunde (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 10 September 1999 (Denmark)
Two brothers, one cold and ruthless, the other sensitive and reluctant, and their brutal misadventures.

Director:

Lasse Spang Olsen

Writer:

Anders Thomas Jensen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Bodnia ... Harald
Dejan Cukic ... Arvid
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Martin
Tomas Villum Jensen Tomas Villum Jensen ... Peter
Peter Gantzler ... Franz
Trine Dyrholm ... Hanne
Line Kruse Line Kruse ... Astrid
Brian Patterson Brian Patterson ... Vuk
Søren Sætter-Lassen ... Henning (as Søren Sætter Lassen)
Lester Wiese Lester Wiese ... Richard
Jesper Christensen ... Bartender
Lasse Lunderskov Lasse Lunderskov ... Jørgen
Preben Harris Preben Harris ... Erling
Slavko Labovic Slavko Labovic ... Ratko
Zarko Labovic Zarko Labovic ... Onkel (Uncle)
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Storyline

Arvid is a regular bank clerk, whose life changes radically when he knocks out the bank robber Franz with his squash racket. A few days later Franz's wife visits him lamenting that she needed the swag for an IVF. To obtain the money Arvid and his criminal brother Harald plan a thievery, which ends bloodily and drags them into real trouble. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Scanbox / Steen Herdel

Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish | English | Serbian | German

Release Date:

10 September 1999 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

In China They Eat Dogs See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Vuk crashes into the cars, the cars explode before they are hit. See more »

Quotes

Harald: How was the trip to the graveyard?
Peter: It was okay.
Harald: Good. Mind' doing another run?
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Referenced in Morten og Peter vender tilbage (2002) See more »

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High quality dark humour
14 June 2003 | by ConniptionSee all my reviews

This movie invites obvious comparisons with Pulp Fiction and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, but that shouldn't make mislead you into thinking that it's in any way derivative. In fact, this is a funny, psychotic crime caper that's on a wavelength all of its own.

However, this film should be avoided at all costs if you don't have a taste for black comedy. Throughout the film the 'heroes' massacre their way, accidentally and on purpose, through the guilty and innocent alike, with each successive death drawing increasingly deadpan reactions from them. Harald (Kim Bodnia) opines that morality is completely relative, as 'In China you can just eat a whole dog'. And in the breath-takingly black final scene, all their crimes are forgiven by a... higher source, shall we say. Are the film-makers trying to draw attention to what happens when moral relativism runs wild, or are they just enjoying the mayhem along with the audience? It's hard to tell, but this movie is well worth catching as long as you can stomach its unconventional morality.


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