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Da wan (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

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Xiaoming Li

Apr 15, 2003

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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.

January 17, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A twisted farce, a touching character study, a bridge around the world; I love it.

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

June 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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.

April 13, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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.

March 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A frenetic satire of Hollywood pretension and Chinese capitalism -- an idea as incongruous as a Woody Allen romp about the wacky world of collective farming.

March 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Much of this is way over the top, irritating and entertaining in equal measure.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Problematic but passably enjoyable, the appeal of Big Shot's Funeral may be more a matter of taste than quality.

January 15, 2003 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

Fast disintegrates into a series of semi-coherent scenes.

November 11, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Displays so little sense of style or character that it feels patched together, as if it's being made up as it goes along.

October 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Before losing its way in the second half, Feng Xiaogang's culture-clash comedy is a ribald parody of commercialism and the invisible line that separates personal integrity from 'selling out' opportunism.

October 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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