1991-2000ChinaComedyFifth Generation Chinese CinemaWarWen Jiang

Wen Jiang – Guizi lai le AKA Devils on the Doorstep (2000)

Stephen Holden in the New York Times wrote:
[The film] belongs to that rarefied breed of antiwar movie that adopts a lofty satirical distance from its characters’ plight. By turns farcical and horrifying, it scrupulously avoids plucking heartstrings to portray the soldiers and peasants alike as paranoid fools buffeted by the shifting winds of war…While acknowledging that war is hell, it goes further to suggest it is ludicrous.

Bilge Ebiri in The Village Voice wrote:
Jiang shows the malleability of public opinion and draws humor from the absurdist nature of tradition and the villagers’ communal decision making. But the strange mixture of tones — slapstick set against a gathering sense that something awful might happen at any moment — is a Jiang hallmark. As is the near-constant duplicity: Everybody in Devils on the Doorstep seems to be lying to everyone else, so that the viewer feels unmoored, uncertain of where things are headed and why. In most other directors’ hands, this could lead to confusion; Jiang makes it entrancing…Dense, diffuse, veering between comedy and tragedy, Devils on the Doorstep is nevertheless Jiang’s most stylistically restrained and consistent effort.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 2000.

2.22GB | 2 h 19 min | 824×464 | mkv


Language(s):Mandarin, Japanese and a little English
Subtitles:English (srt; default), Traditional Chinese (idx/VobSub), Japanese (idx/VobSub), Korean (idx/VobSub)

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