Gui zi lai le
During that warDVD | Chinese
By turns an elaborate wartime drama of China, suffering under Japanese occupation during the 1930s and 40s, and an absurdist comedy of madness, cultural disconnects and historical booby-traps that Samuel Beckett would recognize in an instant. the devils in question are the Japanese, but its clear that director Jiang Wen is less interested in settling scores than in painting a complex picture of human frailty and vulnerability, especially in time of war. He begins by dumping two prisoners of the anti-Japanese resistance into the lap of some hapless Chinese peasants who are ordered to care for them indefinitely. the Japanese prisoner wants only to be killed to save face; his Chinese translator/collaborator wants only to survive (thus he mistranslates his bosss hysterical invective). the peasants want only to be rid of these crazed prisoners and their impossible demands. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize, Cannes 2000.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (ca. 100 mins.)
Alternative Title: During that war