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
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





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 »


Shu: Come.
Sid: Where?
Shu: It's fun stuff.
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References Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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The Drummer — The small time movie that wanted to be big
30 November 2012 | by AvidClimberSee all my reviews

The Drummer missed out on a few key elements that stopped it from reaching its unstated goal, which was to make a philosophical statement. Unfortunately, the last gangster part of the movie is very weak. It's not a bad ending per say, it's just badly played out. It's difficult to tell is it's simply the acting that is sub-par, or if it's the scenario, the editing, or even the directing.

When you see the end, you put into question the rest of the movie, and the light it casts just makes it look like low budget movie. It doesn't look that way until the end. What happened? Hard to say.

Exclude the end and you get great visual with an interesting movie, but I can't recommend it because it leaves you with an undesirable aftertaste.

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Hong Kong | Taiwan | Germany


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 »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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