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China, 2007 (MIFF 2008, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Gao Qunshu


“I don't think I've ever seen more tension-filled sequences of this sort.” - critic and historian David Bordwell

Affectionately called ‘Old Fish' by the locals, a cop approaching retirement is the only person in town deemed qualified to dispose of recently discovered landmines left behind by the Japanese. His job takes a dangerous turn when it seems that more bombs are being planted by a copycat. When will his luck run out? “A cop exasperated with life steps forward at a crucial moment, and all the unsolvable problems of his life are solved in an instant. This is not the irony of life but its law. Fundamentally, life is not about seeking to possess - give and you will possess.” - filmmaker Gao Qunshu

D Gao Qunshu P Ren Huanqi S Lan Jinglin WS L Mandarin w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2007/113mins

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