Devils on the doorstep

鬼子来了 [videorecording] = Devils on the doorstep - Devils on the doorstep

Gui zi lai le

DVD - 2005 | Chinese
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Banned in China, Jiang Wen's ravishingly photographed anti-war epic is set in 1945 in Japanese-occupied rural China where a peasant is forced to shelter two prisoners: one Japanese who wants to die, and his Chinese interpreter who wants to live.
Publisher: [United States] : Home Vision, [2005]
ISBN: 9780780029750
0780029755
Branch Call Number: DVD MANDARI DEVILS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (139 min.) : sd., col. & b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 香川照之
姜鸿波
姜文
Alternative Title: Gui zi lai le

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brendancarlson May 29, 2013

An absolutely brilliant comedy about a terrible tragedy.

edwardmfong Feb 19, 2013

The right wing Japanese party which led to the invation of mainland Asia in the 30's, is back in power again, and they win the election in 2012. We need to be awared about the inner "gohsts" that experienced at leading towards war. It's a fact that the WWII cost millions peoples' life including those Japanese' life. I wonder what the Japanese could get from waging war? Would they eat better? Or sleep better? Could we learn something from such a painful history!
I agree with Huang who says, "War is crime. War not only costs life of both sides, but also wipes off treasures and capitals accumulated through generations. The first and second world war exhausted the great British Empire. The Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) destroyed France, the most powerful country from 1700-1800. The Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC) destroyed Greece Empire. . . We need to unite together, opposing all the wars."

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akirakato
Jan 26, 2013

This is a 139-minute dark comedy directed by Jiang Wen (姜文) and released in 2000.
"Devils on the Doorstep (simplified Chinese: 鬼子来了; traditional Chinese: 鬼子來了; Japanese: 鬼が来た!)" means literally "the devils are here."
It stars Jiang himself as a local peasant called Ma Dasan, who is caught by surprise when a man bursts into his home one night and deposits two men in gunnysacks, instructing him at gunpoint to keep them captive but alive for the next few days and interrogate them.
The mysterious man, identified only as "Me", leaves before Ma can catch a glimpse of him.
One of the gunnysacks contains Kosaburo Hanaya (Kagawa Teruyuki:香川照之), a belligerent Japanese sergeant; the other Dong Hanchen (Yuan Ding), an obsequious Chinese interpreter working for the Japanese Army.
Ma is initially very fearful but does not know the origins of his fear.
The turning point comes when he sees his village in flames and his fellow villagers massacred.
He then overcomes his own fear and begins longing for death.
In the final scene, Ma dies a satisfying death as he has fulfilled his desire.
It is definitely an anti-war epic, but the last scene seems rather like an anti-climax, if not a funny black-comedy ending.
Although the film premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival on 12 May and clinched the Grand Prix, it was subsequently banned in China.

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geomillar
Mar 28, 2012

'devils on the door step' is the blackest comedy you'll ever see. It is so Anti Japanese that even the Chinese banned it. That is like Israel banning 'Schindler's List.'
It's still worth watching if you are not afraid to laugh and be angry in one breath.

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