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Devils on the Doorstep (2000)

Guizi lai le (original title)
During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time... See full summary »

Director:

Wen Jiang

Writers:

Wen Jiang (screenplay), Wen Jiang (story) | 7 more credits »
7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Wen Jiang ... Ma Dasan
Hongbo Jiang ... Yu'er
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Kosaburo Hanaya
Ding Yuan Ding Yuan ... Dong Hanchen
Zhijun Cong Zhijun Cong ... Grandfather
Zi Xi Zi Xi ... Liu Wang
Haibin Li Haibin Li ... Me
Kenya Sawada ... Inokichi Sakatsuka
Weidong Cai Weidong Cai ... Er Bozi
Lianmei Chen Lianmei Chen ... Aunt
Yoshimoto Miyaji Yoshimoto Miyaji ... Koji Nonomura
Qiang Chen Qiang Chen ... 'One-Stroke' Liu
David Wu ... Major Gao
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Storyline

During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time they will be collected. The village leaders convene to interrogate the prisoners. The townspeople then struggle to accommodate the prisoners. One is a bellicose Japanese nationalist, the other a nervous translator. Will the townspeople manage to keep the prisoners until the New Year? Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Details

Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | Japanese | English | French

Release Date:

14 March 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Devils on the Doorstep See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,227, 22 December 2002

Gross USA:

$18,944

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,944
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Wu's character Major Gao in his first entrance to the compound ordered at the Japanese army peddler to move his belongings away in Cantonese, then in Mandarin. See more »

Goofs

When the jeep brakes to avoid running over the record player, the sound is tires locking up on pavement. However, they are on a dirt road. See more »

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Turtle-f*cker
22 July 2010 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

This Cannes award winning film by Wen Jiang, on of the directors on New York, I Love You, tells the story of the Japanese invasion of China during WWII. Jiang also stars in the film, that is both tragic and funny.

The film is most definitely anti-war as it shows the basest forms of humanity. Despite knowing the war was over, a whole village was slaughters and burned.

When one of the surviving villagers took revenge, he was punished by the military for being politically incorrect.

It is no wonder the governments of both Japan and China would rather their people not see this film.

It should be seen by all.


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