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Sha sheng (2012)

The violent death of an unpopular village resident is initially blamed on an infectious disease, but an investigation shows that everybody in the village had a reason to murder him.

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The violent death of an unpopular village resident is initially blamed on an infectious disease, but an investigation shows that everybody in the village had a reason to murder him.

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hilariously dark satire
30 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Great movie. I don't think I've laughed this hard, or been so horrified, in a theatre for a while. It's a dark satire about backwards village life and the lengths the villagers will go to in order to get rid of a crazy, impulsive guy who is ruining their lives and who is seemingly impervious to warnings, beatings or banishment.

The plot doesn't proceed in chronological order; events are retold to a visiting doctor who came to the village to investigate rumours of a mystery illness. Sometimes, the same event will be shown again but with different details, as the doctor's understanding of what happened changes. Somehow, I couldn't help but sympathize with the insane, violent and anarchic villager no matter what he did.


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