Film

Devils on the Doorstep
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Devils on the Doorstep

鬼子来了
Sunday, December 12, 2010

DEVILS ON THE DOORSTEP © 2000 Fortissimo Film.

2000, 140 min., 35 mm, color and B&W,
in Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles.
Directed by Jiang Wen.
2000 Cannes Grand Prize winner.
Guizi Laile.
With Jiang Wen, Jiang Hongbo, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yuan Ding
.



Devils on the Doorstep makes every other film you see afterwards seem small.” - Steven Soderbergh, film director

“Grimly amusing” - Stephen Holden, New York Times
“Casting throughout is impeccable” - Derek Elley, Variety
“Deliriously intelligent and jokingly graphic” - David Ng, Images Journal

Jiang Wen's savagely hilarious study of a small Chinese village located near the Great Wall during the closing days of World War II was a tremendous hit with international critics: two prisoners tied up in sacks are abruptly dumped in a peasant's home, interrupting his clandestine late-night tryst with a young widow (Jiang Hongbo). The villager (Jiang Wen) is then hectored by a menacing stranger who only identifies himself as ''me'' into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time they are to be collected. One is a bellicose Japanese soldier (Teruyuki Kagawa), hardly the ideal docile guest, and the other a reluctant, nervous translator-collaborator who improvises creative interpretation of his companion’s colorful rants. Will the townspeople manage to keep the prisoners and their sanity until the New Year?

- 2001 Hawaii International Film Festival Netpac Award
- 2003 Kinema Junpo Award for Best Supporting Actor (Teruyuki Kagawa Also) and Best Foreign Language Film Director Jiang Wen
- 2003 Mainichi Film Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Part of the series: Shadows of the Rising Sun: Cinema and Empire

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