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The Bird People in China (1998)

Chûgoku no chôjin (original title)
A salaryman and yakuza are each sent by their bosses to a remote Chinese village but discover more then they expected.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Makoto Shiina (based on a novel by), Masa Nakamura (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Masahiro Motoki ... Wada
Renji Ishibashi ... Ujiie
Mako ... Shen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michiko Kichise
Yûichi Minato Yûichi Minato ... (as Yuuichi Minato)
Tomohiko Okuda Tomohiko Okuda
Manzô Shinra Manzô Shinra
Li Li Wang Li Li Wang ... Yan, Si-chang
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Storyline

A young Japanese salaryman is sent by his company to a remote Chinese village to evaluate precious Jade that is found there but before he arrives he meets up with yakuza who was sent to tail him to protect his boss's interest in the company. When the men finally arrive their mission becomes sidetracked by their interest in a mysterious young village girl, her haunting English language song and the secret that makes men fly like birds. Written by Danny Leary

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Chinese | English

Release Date:

10 June 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bird People in China See more »

Filming Locations:

Yunnan, China

Company Credits

Production Co:

Excellent Film, Sedic See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Fantastic dreamworld
20 April 2005 | by m-vanthofSee all my reviews

This is my second comment on a movie on this board. But after finishing this movie yesterday, I just had to write something about this fantastic movie. I have seen about 6 movies from Miike but this one was hard to find. I couldn't rent it anywhere but I really was interested in this piece of cinema because I liked the story and that it was something completely different from other Miike movies (although none of his movies are alike). So I ordered the DVD (artsmagicdvd version).

From the beginning I was really into the movie. And after finishing it, I enjoyed every second of it! It has humor, adventure, a little action and emotion! The scenery in this movie is fantastic and I want to visit these places in the movie If I know where they are! Miike takes you into his dreamworld and you don't want to leave. It is fantasy but believable and not over the top. The story is surrounded by mystery and I wanted to know all about it. I won't tell about the story because you can read that on this site. I just want to recommend this movie to every fan of Miike, well....to everyone who can enjoy a piece of rare cinema with a great story and beautiful scenery. Sometimes a movie is great but the ending is a let down. I think this movie is really completed, from beginning to end. Ohh....and the music is great as well. It is one of those movies you want to see again the moment you finish it. I hope Miike makes a movie like this again in the future; slow, beautiful, mysterious.....

I think it is very strange that a lot of crap is put on DVD but a fantastic movie like this is hard to find. I had to import the DVD and I can imagine not everybody likes to do that. So in Holland this gem isn't released. So I hope people just order a copy, just get one anyway you can, you won't regret it! On the DVD there is an interview with Miike, an audio commentary and some extra stuff. There is a trailer of this movie on the disk as well. But I STRONGLY suggest not to watch that before watching the movie. Why? Because the ending is in the trailer!!! I think that is very strange and I am happy I didn't watch it before the movie otherwise it would have spoiled the ending for me.

So you get the idea, I am very enthusiastic and I think you will to after seeing this beautiful film. What are you still doing behind your desk? Go get a copy!


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