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Big shot's funeral (Da wan)

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Movie propaganda

Don Tyler (Donald Sutherland) is a well-known film director whose work has bought him to Beijing. Yo Yo (Ge You) is a down-on-his-luck Chinese cameraman who's been hired by Tyler's long time assistant Lucy (Rosamund Kwan) to shoot footage of Tyler directing his new film. The two begin a wildly off-kilter dialogue that ends with a severe cultural mis-communication. Tyler becomes obsessed with the idea that the Chinese mark a person's death with a "comedy funeral" as a joyful celebration of a life well lived. With the pressure of filming taking its toll, Tyler unexpectedly slips into a coma. But not before he makes his last request - he wants his own grand "comedy funeral"!

Persons of interest

  • Donald Sutherland .... Don Tyler
  • Ge You .... Yo Yo
  • Rosamund Kwan .... Lucy
  • Paul Mazursky
  • Ying Da .... Louis
  • Li Xiaoming .... Screenwriter
  • Shi Kang .... Screenwriter
  • Feng Xiaogang .... Screenwriter
  • Feng Xiaogang .... Director

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Theatrical report


Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • Languages: English, French, Mandarin
  • Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Special features:
    • Picture disc
    • Trailers: Theatrical, bonus
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English captions, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes)

Surveillance time

100 minutes (1:40 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 24 October 2002 - Melbourne, Sydney
Film: 14 November 2002 - Adelaide, Perth
DVD rental: 6 August 2003
VHS rental: 6 August 2003

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