Big Shot's Funeral (2003)


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An American movie maker famous for living large wants to die in his own unique manner -- which turns out to be harder to pull off than anyone expected -- in this offbeat comedy from Chinese director Feng Xiaogang. Don Tyler (Donald Sutherland) is a well-known American filmmaker who has come to China to direct an epic scale costume drama about the last emperor of China. Lucy (Rosamund Kwan), Tyler's Chinese-American assistant and translator, hires YoYo (Ge You), a cameraman whose career has seen … More

Rating: PG (for thematic elements, language and brief partial nudity)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Xiaoming Li, Feng Xiaogang
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On DVD: Apr 15, 2003
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2)

By American standards, the satire is about 50 years behind the times, but even accounting for cultural differences, the comedy is limp and the storytelling so inept as to provoke amazement.

Full Review… | January 17, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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A twisted farce, a touching character study, a bridge around the world; I love it.

September 27, 2005

Western audiences will have no idea that this is meant to be funny.

Full Review… | June 22, 2003
Apollo Guide

Funeral is a wild shot at the sheer gaudiness of both advertising and entertainment, and more often than not, it's right on target.

Full Review… | April 13, 2003

There's been a glut of movies lately that feature a film within a film, a conceit that is already tiresome enough. But this Chinese-American co-production is so poorly executed, with such a lack of subtlety, it's one of the worst.

Full Review… | March 21, 2003
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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