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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Ge You
Donald Sutherland
Rosamund Kwan
Ying Da
Paul Mazursky.
Directors
Feng Xiaogang.
Screenwriters
Li Shaoming
Shi Kang
Feng Xiaogang.
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101 minutes

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Big Shot's Funeral
Oddball black comedy set around the Chinese film industry.


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Plot
Donald Sutherland plays an ailing film director who arranges his own "comedy funeral".


Review
Donald Sutherland plays a film director whose health fails him during the making of a movie in China. Before slipping into a coma, he asks a Chinese cameraman named Yo Yo to arrange a "comedy funeral" for him.

And so Yo Yo sets the wheels in motion for an OTT endeavour, including a host of product placement opportunities. But is this what the director had in mind?

What could be an interesting study of Hollywood, East-West relations and the extremes of commercialism becomes a one-joke wonder in this sometimes amusing but poorly-structured effort.


Verdict
An initially promising curio, but one that quickly buries all its own good ideas.


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