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The Black Cannon Incident (1985)

Hei pao shi jian (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 1985 (China)
Engineer Zhao Shuxin likes playing chess a lot. Once during his business trip, he loses a black cannon chessman which leads to unexpected consequences for him.

Director:

Jianxin Huang

Writers:

Wei Li (adaptation), Xianliang Zhang
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3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Zifeng Liu Zifeng Liu ... Zhao Shuxin
Ming Gao Ming Gao ... Li Renzhong
Gerhard Olschewski ... Hans Schmidt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hui Ge Hui Ge ... Wu Kegong
Beilong Wang Beilong Wang ... Wang Hongye
Yi Wang Yi Wang ... Zhou Yuzhen
Wei Xie Wei Xie ... Liu Yumei
Fengliang Yang Fengliang Yang ... Chen Hao-xiang
Yazhou Yang Yazhou Yang ... Feng Liangcai
Xiuling Zhao Xiuling Zhao ... Zhao's girlfriend
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Engineer Zhao Shuxin likes playing chess a lot. Once during his business trip, he loses a black cannon chessman which leads to unexpected consequences for him.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Followed by Dislocation (1986) See more »

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Intelligent and interesting.
26 June 2002 | by humanresistorSee all my reviews

There's a lot to see and enjoy in "The Black Cannon Incident", but two things are particularly interesting: firstly, the political satire and symbolism, while somewhat guarded, is some of the most scathing ever to reach cinemas in mainland China - it may not always seem like much to Western viewers, but when viewed in the context of, for example, other "post-socialist" films like those of Eastern Europe, it is considerable.

The second aspect of the movie that makes it really worth seeing is its bizarre aesthetic qualities - in this film and "Dislocation", Huang Jianxin uses an industrial setting and discordant music to symbolize visually China's awkward transition into modern Western-style life and the clash of cultures that eventuate. In this and later movies, Huang picks up on seemingly minor details which, under his control, seem to develop much deeper meanings.

On the other hand, it should be stressed that this is a first film for Huang Jianxin - he later refined his film-making considerably. The performances are good, and the idea behind the film is excellent, but the basic storytelling lags behind a bit - the endless meetings and circular conversations may be historically and symbolically realistic, but they don't really excite an audience. If you're prepared to sit through a few dull parts, it's a very interesting viewing experience both for Chinese and foreigners. It's a pity that Huang's plans to collaborate further with German actors fell through.


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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1985 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

A fekete ágyú See more »

Filming Locations:

China

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Production Co:

Xi'an Film Studio See more »
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1.66 : 1
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