The man from Beijing

The man from Beijing

Der Chinese

DVD - 2012 | German
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A mass murder, a female judge, and diary entries from ages ago. Judge Brigitta Roslin has to make a dangerous journey before she discovers the background of this crime.
Publisher: Chicago : Music Box Films, [2012]
Branch Call Number: DVD GERMAN 791.4572 MAN 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (180 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Chinese

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SandraLH
Sep 08, 2016

Good, but book better.

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bobbles1
Mar 17, 2016

Wow, this is a lengthy movie but every minute was well done, suspenseful, great mystery flick which happens in Sweden and China, in German but with English subtitles. It is a little odd when the Swedish judge calls an American sheriff from China - he's in the desert in Nevada if I remember - and he picks up the phone speaking German and they have this conversation in German, weird, and most people in China also spoke German, but it fits right in with the story okay. It just lets you know how people from other countries feel when they see everybody speaking English! I loved this movie, lots of great twists and turns, good stuff.....

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JackamoJames
Mar 07, 2016

picky picky picky...Taipei, china..I mean really cwchoi?. How many green screen locations you watched lately and its been done in a studio?..Its a Mankell mystery, that should be enough to catch anyones attention. Not as good as Wallander, but still a notch above your basic law and order fed to us night after night.
worth the watch, paced correctly. First part sets up the mystery, second part explains the deep rooted history. At times a bit what the?...but most mysteries are.
For Mankell lovers, watch and enjoy. good times

After you watch the film check out the Extras with statements from Mankell himself. This film embodies intelligent suspense and shocking cruelty. Even the heroine was cruelly treated in her youth. Characters so deeply layered that the story stays with you long after the movie ends. I don't understand deliberate cruelty, especially under the protection of religion, but I do understand its negative impact. Mankell is a genius and he has not lost his touch after Wallender. This film is a worthy version of his great book. Every character is interesting and has a unique perspective. Story is unpredictable, and the suspense is almost unbearable at times. How could the massacre happen without a fight? The answer is given away in a filmed sequence of the murderer practicing martial arts. Appreciated very much that the sound of the blade was more effective than showing the details as could have happened in an American production. Strongly recommend this film to those who love intelligent suspenseful mysteries.

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Sanrin
Jan 19, 2015

Enjoyable detective mystery that makes the best of a flawed though popular novel by Henning Mankell. The main character, a female judge who learns that her parents and all inhabitants of the small village they reside in were brutally murdered, is intelligent, brave and engaging. I also enjoyed the number of typically male roles filled by women, including the chief investigator and the villain's #2. This was originally a made-for-tv special in two parts in Austria, which also gave it an interesting sensibility for me (as someone in the US). Recommended!

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cwchoi
Nov 08, 2013

The first part created suspense and mystery and worth watching. Clueless in the plot why Sweden police would not try to protect the the single survivor in the massacre in the first place. That's really beyond belief.
The second part was full of nonsense.
Bloopers like the shooting location in Taipei was claimed to be in Canton. Of course what's shown on Google map in some scenes was tried so hard to be Canton landmarks but actually road signs revealed to us were all about Taiwan.

kittymuir Jul 18, 2013

This is a poorly done movie. I have read the book which was very good but the movie was a mess. First of all the movie is also set in China and instead of using subtitles everyone in China speaks German. The main character is in need of some hairstyling and makeup. The wardrobe was depressing in grey or black. There is a lot of flashbacks. There was a part where the main character is waiting at a police station and on the wall they have posted all the bloody pictures of the dead which was viewed by anybody. Is this actually done in Europe. And the main character has these flashbacks of these pictures which are really graphic which doesnt seem to affect this cool german lady. Really? Skip the movie which is 4 hours long and read the book

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tj_is_cool
Feb 28, 2013

Very long, boring and slow.

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stse88
Feb 08, 2013

Movie comes in 2 parts - prob meant for a TV audience over 2 evenings, or something. First part sets up the mystery and introduces the characters. For the most part, it was good moviemaking - capturing the grotesque murder scene without overdoing the gore, and competently setting up an aura of mystery that makes you sit up and pay attention. The 2nd part, when the mystery is finally explained and resolved, was a complete disaster however. It highlights how little the filmmaker actually understands the Chinese culture. It broadly painted China in a narrow perspective, and played loose with how the system actually operates. The villains turned out to be one-dimensional characters. And there were holes galore everywhere in the script. Resolution of the mystery was simply not believable, and the camera work, which was so deft in the 1st part, totally fell apart in the 2nd part. It's almost as if the competent filmmaker in the 1st part had to leave, and the marketing intern finished the film. Such a shame.

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jimg2000
Nov 16, 2012

Der Chinese is about a Chinese but not one(s) from Beijing as the Chinese featured were from Canton, near Hong Kong. Excellent adaption of the book. If you like the book, you'll love the movie. Part one is all about a heinous massacre and part two addresses the whys ... here's a good book review:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/27/man-from-beijing-henning-mankell

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