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Lao pao er (2015)

A well respected man residing in what's left of old-Beijing attempts to exonerate his son from his wrongdoings with his own methods and beliefs.

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Liu Ye
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Men San Er
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Hua Xia Zi
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Xiao Fei (as Wu Yifan)
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Xiao Bo (as Yifeng Li)
Hua Liu ...
Deng Zhao'er
Ju-Gang Bai ...
Xiao Fei's friend
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Shan Jiang ...
Doctor
Jing Liang ...
Deng Zhao'er's wife
Nuo Lu ...
Xiao Fei's friend
Hao Ning ...
Real Estate Agent
Yuxian Shang ...
Xiao Fei's Girlfriend
Zeru Tao ...
Liu Ye's old friend
Hewei Yu ...
Xiao Fei's guard
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Lead Police on street
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A well respected man residing in what's left of old-Beijing attempts to exonerate his son from his wrongdoings with his own methods and beliefs.

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18 December 2015 (USA)  »

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Lão Pháo Nhi  »

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Opening Weekend:

$286,847 (USA) (25 December 2015)

Gross:

$1,413,054 (USA) (22 January 2016)
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Trivia

The ostrich running in the street is actually dressed up by a girl. See more »

Quotes

Liu Ye: This is rule?
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Soundtracks

Greenhouse Girl
Performed by Kris Wu (as Wu Yifan)
Music by Cui Jian
Lyrics by Kris Wu and Cui Jian
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The movie which Tarantino should learn from.
15 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Epic, of a slow burn kind of epic which does not rely on empty coolness. Unnecessary long, but which I did not regret having seen (while I would like to get back the time lost with the super cool, super empty, super onanistic exercise of style of Hateful Eight). It has does not excel in any aspect, it is no unforgettable masterpiece, but it touches all the right chords, with its imperfection, with its mah moments, but steadily, with no hurry, no noxious Hollywood bullying narcissistic superiority.

Do not let you fool by the synopsis. This is no "Taken" (thanks God!). It is not "if you will not let my son go I will find you and I will kill you". There is no trace of the typical American megalomaniac testosteronic super-cool hyper-heroism. There is just "an ordinary citizen", who totally ordinary is not. Because he can teach a few values, although he is an ex gangster.

And I am not old enough to complain about the society of "today". But I felt it very real, his complaints, the portrait he gives of our empty times...

I am having a hard time finding good movies. Stupid comedies, depressive drama, empty boom boom, hyper-sentimental moralistic bonbons, hyper-sadistic horrors, hyper-intellectual blabla... It seems that our society faces a severe lack of contents, and must put loads of extra sugar, extra salt, extra oil and energy, following the motto of Advertisings, "if you have nothing to say, say it loud".

Whatever I watch, it is boring. This was not.


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