Guizi Lai Le


2h 42m 2000

Brief Synopsis

To the average Chinese peasant, foreigners were always 'devils'- potentially dangerous outsiders who arrived on Chinese soil with dubious motives and nefarious intent. That was especially true of the Japanese soldiers who invaded China in the 1930s, occupying large tracts of the mainland. In 1944, M

Film Details

Also Known As
Devils at the Door, Devils on the Doorstep, During That War, Guizi Laile, Prisoners
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Eastman Kodak; Fortissimo Films
Distribution Company
Cowboy Pictures; Key Films; OcTan Films; Vertice Cine
Location
China

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 42m

Synopsis

To the average Chinese peasant, foreigners were always 'devils'- potentially dangerous outsiders who arrived on Chinese soil with dubious motives and nefarious intent. That was especially true of the Japanese soldiers who invaded China in the 1930s, occupying large tracts of the mainland. In 1944, Ma Dasan and his neighbors in Rack-Armour Terrace, a desolate mountain town, resented giving a percentage of their grain harvest to the Japanese 'devils', but otherwise co-existed with them quite peacefully. Things began to change the night when two prisoners of the anti-Japanese resistance were dumped on Ma Dasan's doorstep. Ma was told to keep them hidden for a few days. But the days stretched into months. Unwilling to keep the prisoners any longer, Ma Dasan came up with the idea of returning them to the Japanese army in exchange for two carts of grain. The outcome of this scheme taught him the hard way that 'devils' are not necessarily foreign and that war can turn the best of men into the worst.

Film Details

Also Known As
Devils at the Door, Devils on the Doorstep, During That War, Guizi Laile, Prisoners
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Eastman Kodak; Fortissimo Films
Distribution Company
Cowboy Pictures; Key Films; OcTan Films; Vertice Cine
Location
China

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 42m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

Released in United States 2000

Released in United States August 2000

Released in United States November 2000

Released in United States 2001

Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (Director's Focus) August 13-27, 2000.

Shown at London Film Festival (World Cinema) November 1-16, 2000.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Main Programme Features) January 24 - February 24, 2001.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 19 - May 3, 2001.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 24 - June 17, 2001.

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 19 - May 3, 2001.)

Released in United States 2000 (NY)

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 24 - June 17, 2001.)

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Main Programme Features) January 24 - February 24, 2001.)

Released in United States November 2000 (Shown at London Film Festival (World Cinema) November 1-16, 2000.)

Released in United States August 2000 (Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (Director's Focus) August 13-27, 2000.)