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Der Chinese

The man from Beijing
(DVD - 2012 - German)
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Der Chinese
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In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjövallen, January 1960, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene. Judge Birgitta Roslin's Andrén grandparents, and an Andrén family from Nevada are among the victims. She then discovers the nineteenth-century diary of an Andrén ancestor, a gang master on the American transcontinental railway, that describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers.
Title: Der Chinese
The man from Beijing
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Chicago : Music Box Films, c2012.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (180 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel "Kinesen" by Henning Mankell.
Bonus feature: Making of The man from Bejing.
Summary: In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjövallen, January 1960, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene. Judge Birgitta Roslin's Andrén grandparents, and an Andrén family from Nevada are among the victims. She then discovers the nineteenth-century diary of an Andrén ancestor, a gang master on the American transcontinental railway, that describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers.
Audience: Not rated.
Local Note: CLKDVD
Alternate Title: Man from Beijing
Statement of Responsibility: [Music Box Films presents a production of Yellow Bird Pictures GmbH in co-production with Lotus Film GmbH ... [et al.] ; in collaboration with Beta Film GmbH] ; Buch, Léonie-Claire Breinersdorfer, Fred Breinersdorfer ; Produzenten, Oliver Schündler, Boris Ausserer ; Regie, Peter Keglevic
Credits: Cinematography, Alexander Fischerkoesen ; film editor, Moune Barius ; music, Jürgen Ecke.
Performers: Suzanne von Borsody, Michael Nyqvist, Claudia Michelsen, Amy J. Cheng, Jimmy Taenaka.
Event: Originally broadcast by ARD in two parts in 2011.
System Details: DVD; NTSC; Region 1; widescreen (16:9) presentation; 5.1 Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.
Other Language: German dialogue; optional English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Massacres Sweden Drama. Serial murder investigation Sweden Drama. Women judges Drama. Mass murder investigation Drama. Railroad construction workers West (U.S.) History 19th century Drama. Communists China 20th century Drama. Communism China Drama. Revenge Drama. Sweden Drama. Africa Drama. China Drama.
Genre/Form: Legal films.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Made-for-TV movies.
Film adaptations.
Foreign films.
Motion pictures, German.
German language materials.
Topical Term: Massacres
Serial murder investigation
Women judges
Mass murder investigation
Railroad construction workers
Communists
Communism
Revenge
Publisher No: MBFHE-042
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Nov 08, 2013
  • cwchoi rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 28, 2013
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Very long, boring and slow.

Feb 08, 2013
  • stse88 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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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