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The Message (2009)

Feng sheng (original title)
1942, Nanjing (Nanking). Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a ... See full summary »

Directors:

Kuo-Fu Chen, Qunshu Gao

Writers:

Chia-Lu Chang (screenplay), Kuo-Fu Chen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Xun Zhou ... Gu Xiaomeng
Bingbing Li ... Li Ning Yu
Hanyu Zhang ... Wu Zhiguo
Xiaoming Huang ... Takeda / Wu Tian
Zhiwen Wang ... Wang Daoxiang
Da Ying Da Ying ... Jin Shenghuo
Koji Kagawa Koji Kagawa ... Colonel Kinoshita
Alec Su ... Bai Xiaonian
Weiwei Liu ... Female Assassin
Yihong Duan Yihong Duan ... The Representative
Xu Zhu ... Fan
Gang Wu ... Mr. Six
Zhaoqi Shi ... Commander Zhang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ai-Dai Ai-Dai ... Female Singer
Xueyun Bai Xueyun Bai ... Female Worker
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1942, Nanjing (Nanking). Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a mansion house for questioning. A tense game of "cat and mouse" ensues as the Chinese code-breaker attempts to send out a crucial message while protecting his/her own identity. Written by emfarrell

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Crime | Drama | Thriller | War

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Official Sites:

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

22 September 2009 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mensagem See more »

Filming Locations:

Dalian, China See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$743,981
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

The sound of wind
Music by Xuanbin Cao
Lyrics by Francis Lee
Performed by Xiaoming Huang
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Chinese movie makers still don't know how to tell stories
16 November 2009 | by yanghua-1029See all my reviews

Recommend you to read the novel written by Maijia, the movie adaption is much less cunning than the original one. Bai Xiaonian and Jin Shenghuo are too early to dead, making the answer of the puzzle too easy to guess, no challenge no surprise, that is a total failure for a suspense movie. I think to make the movie successful, it should leave the result to the last minute that out of everyone's expectation, and before that, it should make the situation as complex as possible and try to mislead the audience until reveal the truth reasonably at the end. So I still feel the adapter of the movie still does not know how to tell stories, just like many other movie writers in China. I don't know why the film company didn't invite Maijia to write the movie story?I believe he would have done a better job


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