The Missing Gun (2003)
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Critic Reviews for The Missing Gun
Viewers who thought they were watching a comedy will be left scratching their heads when it turns into a mundane murder mystery.
The busy direction is often too much at odds with the film and is unwarranted with an actor like Jiang Wen.
The climatic revelation of who's responsible seems plucked from the air, but Chuan's theme of memory reconstructed from external eyewitnesses is intriguing
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.
(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/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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