A gangster's willful son is sent into hiding over sexual misconduct. Sent far, he unexpectedly takes up with remote Buddhist drummers who slowly but profoundly influence his life.


Kenneth Bi


Kenneth Bi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaycee Chan ... Sid
Angelica Lee ... Hong Dou (as Lee Sinje)
Roy Cheung ... Ah Chiu
Josie Ho ... Sina
Ruo-yu Liu Ruo-yu Liu ... Lan Jie
Chih-chun Huang Chih-chun Huang ... Sifu / Master (as Huang Chih-Chun)
Kenneth Tsang ... Stephen Ma
Hei-Yi Cheng ... Carmen (as Yumiko Cheng)
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Kwan
Shih-Yun Huang Shih-Yun Huang ... Milin
Hsiu-Chin Lin Hsiu-Chin Lin ... Shan
Yu-Fong Tu Yu-Fong Tu ... Yilu
Yi-Ting Huang Yi-Ting Huang ... Ting
Kun-Ming Huang Kun-Ming Huang ... Ching
Bo-Ren Cheng ... Shu


Hong Kong mob lord Kwan's spoiled-rotten heir Sid is caught having sex with father's 'business partner' Stephen Ma's daughter. To avoid an honor murder, Sid is rushed to the Taiwanese countryside, incognito, with a bodyguard. There Sid decides to transfer his rock drummer ambitions to the reputed local Zen percussion ensemble of master Ah Chiu, who uses music lessons as Buddhist life training. Still, crime connections catch up. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Music | Romance


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The Drummer is the first feature film from Hong Kong and Taiwan selected for competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won The Hollywood Reporter's Critics' Pick. See more »


Stephen Ma: Qing dynasty emperor Yong Zheng has a young son named Qian Long who was a smart boy. It was decided that he would succeed the throne, but his older brother became jealous of him and plotted against him. Qian Long survived the ordeal. What do you think the father did? He gave his rogue son a cup of poison.
Kwan: Qian Long begged for his brother's life, but to maintain peace the father killed him anyway. I watched the TV series, too.
Stephen Ma: Don't get excited. I'm not asking you to kill your son. I want his ...
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Good, But A Little Schizophrenic
13 July 2008 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This is about 60% of a great film. Jaycee Chan plays a drummer in a band who beds down a gangster's girlfriend, only to be found out. Sid (Mr. Chan) has a father (Tony Leung Ka Fei) who is also a gangster and the other gangster wants revenge, specifically Sid's hands chopped off. Sid flees to the mountains of Taiwan, whereupon he stumbles across a group of zen drummers. He is captivated by them and looks to join him. They take him in and make him go through rigorous training to prove himself. Herein lies the problem in this movie. Its not a fatal one: This film should have stayed with the zen drummers. Instead we get more of the gangster goings on in Hong Kong. The parts shot in Taiwan (its beautiful countryside, and the cinematography is great) make up a very good film. Although she doesn't do enough, the so pretty Lee Sin-Je (also known as Angelica Lee in other films) is part of this. Her beautiful piercing dark eyes are always welcome (an aside: see "The Eye" with her as the star, not the horrible Jessica Alba remake), but I wanted more reaction from her. She's a very good actress and looks beautiful, especially when she smiles. There is a bit too much of the gangster stuff going on, it drags the film a bit. However, its still worth watching for the zen drummers and Jaycee Chan is a fairly good actor. Recommended, just could have been a great film.

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Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

11 October 2007 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

El latido del tambor See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »


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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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