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Xie bu ya zheng (2018)

A young swordsman in 1930's China returns home to try and solve a five-year-old murder case. Described as the third installment of the gangster trilogy that includes "Let The Bullets Fly" and "Gone With The Bullets."

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Wen Jiang

Writers:

Beihai Zhang (novel), Wen Jiang (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Eddie Peng ... Li Tianran
Fan Liao ... Zhu Qianlong
Yun Zhou ... Guan Qiaohong
Qing Xu ... Tang Fengyi
Kenya Sawada ... Nemoto Ichiro
Andy Friend Andy Friend ... Wallace Hendler
Wen Jiang ... Lan Qingfeng
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jiali Ding ... Master's wife
Junichi Kajioka ... Tank captain
Meng Li ... Lan Lan
Xiaoning Liu Xiaoning Liu ... Master
Paul Morris Paul Morris ... Dr. Morris
Chen Mu Chen Mu ... Dean of Union Hospital
Steven Schwankert Steven Schwankert ... Agent's boss
Hang Shi Hang Shi ... Pan Yueran
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A young swordsman in 1930's China returns home to try and solve a five-year-old murder case. Described as the third installment of the gangster trilogy that includes "Let The Bullets Fly" and "Gone With The Bullets."

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | English | Japanese | French

Release Date:

13 July 2018 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Hidden Man See more »

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Gravity Pictures See more »
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2.35 : 1
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disappointing
17 September 2018 | by andreiz2kSee all my reviews

I am not familiar with Jaing Wen's work and went in with no expectations. A Taiwanese friend passed me her ticket telling me that it's Chinese with Japanese historical and cultural references, and while that is not untrue, it's not what I would describe it. An indulgent description would call it a parody or self-parody, but I don't have the background and familiarity with his work to justify it.

I felt the first jolt to run out about 10 minutes in, and it's been a struggle to watch until the end. The story is convoluted and hard to follow, dialogue is fast and furious, and while I get it that the director may be going for parody, the net effect is cringe.

The hero is nonetheless played by an actor who is supposedly some kind of sex symbol, and he appears bare chested, which may be redemptive for some audiences; it might also spark a parkour renaissance in China (or at least boost the sales of Assassin's Creed).


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