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The Missing Gun (2003)




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In this tense thriller, Ma Shan (Wen Jiang) is a Chinese police detective who awakes one morning after a night of heavy drinking at his sister's wedding reception to discover that his gun has been stolen. Since only police officers are allowed to carry firearms, Ma Shan is alarmed about the deadly possibilities of the theft, and he sets out to find his weapon; however, the memories of Ma Shan's friends are as hazy as his own regarding the wedding, and no one can tell who drove him home. The situation comes to a head when Ma Shan's former girlfriend arrives in town for a visit and is soon found shot dead with the bullets matching those used in his gun. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Jiang Wen
as Ma Shan
Jing Ning
as Li Xiaomeng
Wu Yujuan
as Han Xiaoyun
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Critic Reviews for The Missing Gun

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Viewers who thought they were watching a comedy will be left scratching their heads when it turns into a mundane murder mystery.

April 3, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The busy direction is often too much at odds with the film and is unwarranted with an actor like Jiang Wen.

Full Review… | April 2, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Offbeat film about a cop struggling for self-respect

Full Review… | June 10, 2005

At the film's core is a mystery that isn't intriguing...

Full Review… | July 4, 2004
Reel Film Reviews

The climatic revelation of who's responsible seems plucked from the air, but Chuan's theme of memory reconstructed from external eyewitnesses is intriguing

Full Review… | August 30, 2003
Reeling Reviews

A pumping, in-your-face style-fest.

Full Review… | March 31, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Missing Gun


An absolutely amazing film that sadly, you probably need to know Chinese to fully appreciate. The cinematography for this film is amazing and kept me on the edge of my seat. However, the best part of this movie is the dialogue which puts this movie squarely in the comedy genre, for CHINESE-speaking viewers. Too much of the movie is dependent on references to Asian culture that it would be puzzling to viewers who did not grow up in that environment. The main character is condemned for not being compelling because he is not a perfect man but that is exactly what makes his character so real. Everyone and every experience in this movie is an artful depiction of what I have encountered while growing up in China. The different ways the characters talked had me and family keeling over in tears from laughter. Bottom line, if you know Chinese and have lived in Beijing for a length of time, you might like it. If you haven't, good luck.

Mary Wang
Mary Wang

(***): [img][/img] A well-made film, with cinematography that I won't forget anytime soon. There are some beautiful, poetic moments here mixed in with the stress of the main character. A good Chinese film.


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