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Xu Zheng (Actor) | Huang Bo (Actor) | Yu Nan (Actor) | Tao Hong (Actor)
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Released after a years-long ban by Chinese censors, lauded young director Ning Hao's (Breakup Buddies) pitch-black comic caper/road movie No Man's Land stars Xu Zheng (Lost in Thailand) as slippery lawyer Pan Xiao, who gets a desert-based mob boss off of a murder charge. Reveling in his victory, Pan Xiao is driving home through the desert in a Mustang lent to him by the mob boss when he finds himself being sucked into the messy dealings of the desert's eccentric and often dangerous inhabitants, including an illegal poacher (Huang Bo, Journey To The West: Conquering the Demons), a young prostitute (Yu Nan, Silent Witness), and various other scoundrels, swindlers and crazies.
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Product Title: No Man's Land (DVD-9) (China Version) 無人區 (DVD-9) (中國版) 无人区 (DVD-9) (中国版) 無人區 (DVD-9) (中国版) No Man's Land (DVD-9) (China Version)
Artist Name(s): Xu Zheng (Actor) | Huang Bo (Actor) | Yu Nan (Actor) | Tao Hong (Actor) | Yang Xin Ming (Actor) | Ba Duo (Actor) | Wang Shuang Bao (Actor) | Guo Hong (Actor) | Duo Cu Jie (Actor) | Zhao Hu (Actor) 徐崢 (Actor) | 黃渤 (Actor) | 余男 (Actor) | 陶虹 (Actor) | 楊新鳴 (Actor) | 巴多 (Actor) | 王雙寶 (Actor) | 郭虹 (Actor) | 多布傑 (Actor) | 趙虎 (Actor) 徐峥 (Actor) | 黄渤 (Actor) | 余男 (Actor) | 陶虹 (Actor) | 杨新鸣 (Actor) | 巴多 (Actor) | 王双宝 (Actor) | 郭虹 (Actor) | 多布杰 (Actor) | 赵虎 (Actor) Xu Zheng (Actor) | 黄渤(ホァン・ボー) (Actor) | 余男(ユー・ナン) (Actor) | 陶紅(タオ・ホン) (Actor) | Yang Xin Ming (Actor) | Ba Duo (Actor) | Wang Shuang Bao (Actor) | Guo Hong (Actor) | 多布傑(デュオ・ブジエ) (Actor) | Zhao Hu (Actor) Xu Zheng (Actor) | Huang Bo (Actor) | Yu Nan (Actor) | Tao Hong (Actor) | Yang Xin Ming (Actor) | Ba Duo (Actor) | Wang Shuang Bao (Actor) | Guo Hong (Actor) | Duo Cu Jie (Actor) | Zhao Hu (Actor)
Director: Ning Hao 寧浩 宁浩 寧浩 (ニン・ハオ) Ning Hao
Release Date: 2015-02-12
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Closed Captioning: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 117 (mins)
Publisher: Zhong Ying Yin Xiang Chu Ban She
Package Weight: 105 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1038313089

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  成功律師潘肖(徐崢 飾)剛剛出色地贏得了一場艱難的訴訟,離開城市初涉戈壁灘,駕車飛馳在西部公路上。一個神秘人擋在前方,一起車禍就這樣發生……方圓六百里無人區,一切通信方式形同虛設。


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Professional Review of "No Man's Land (DVD-9) (China Version)"

September 30, 2015

This professional review refers to No Man's Land (2013) (DVD) (China Version)
Ning Hao's long-delayed dimsum western (or "eastern," if that's the term you prefer) No Man's Land blazes to the screen as a well-made, dryly funny genre film that was worth the wait. Shot in 2009, the film ended up in SAPPRFT approval hell until late 2013, when it was released in China before going to Hong Kong in 2014. Frequent Ning collaborator Xu Zheng, sporting hair and looking a lot svelter than usual, stars as Pan Xiao, an arrogant lawyer who gets what's coming to him plus a whole lot that isn't. When we first meet him, he's travelling through desolate Northwest China to defend Boss (Duo Bujie), an ominously threatening hardass with a Mad Max-like leg brace. Boss is on trial for the vehicular manslaughter of a policeman, and the sneaky Pan Xiao gets him quickly acquitted. However, Boss doesn't have the money for Pan Xiao's lawyer fees just yet, so Pan Xiao takes Boss' car as temporary collateral and drives off, cackling at his courtroom win and basically being a super dick.

Unfortunately, Pan Xiao's drive through the Northern China desert becomes a crucible of bad people, bad karma and just plain bad luck. Pan Xiao gets into a conflict with a pair of truck drivers (Wang Shuangbao and Sun Jianmin), which results in a foolhardhy caseroad rage and his car getting roughed up; has a very unfortunate encounter with Boss' subordinate Underling (Huang Bo), which sends Pan Xiao into a state of panic; and finally stops at an outpost, only to have the outpost owners try to rip him off because they claim to sell the only gas for the next 400 kilometers. The owners also charge him an exorbitant fee that automatically includes a private dance by the sultry Jiaojiao (Yu Nan), a dance student who’s working there against her will. All this occurs plus the return of Boss, who has unfinished business with Pan Xiao – but by then Pan Xiao is a wreck and has thoroughly received his comeuppance. All he can do now is suck it up, stop the bleeding from that gunshot he took, and somehow become a good guy.

The over-arching story of No Man's Land involves the poaching of some rare birds by Boss and Underling, but they serve mostly as a MacGuffin. Primarily, the story is about Pan Xiao's spiraling descent and his change from unrepentant ass to anti-hero. It's a transformation that's hard to completely buy, especially given his initial jerky behavior and the script's lack of psychological underpinning, but Ning Hao sets up the action so well – and makes Pan Xiao so pitiable and pathetic – that it becomes easy to root for him to do right. No Man's Land uses the rising action to establish Pang Xiao's character and to sell his personality change, by first showing his bemused disregard for conflict, then his growing paranoia and finally his resigned acceptance of his fate. There are some repetitive moments along the way, but each scene impacts the next cleverly and Ning Hao's storytelling is strong. The direction and mise-en-scene work as POV, putting the audience into Pan Xiao's shoes, and the desaturated color landscapes, framed vividly in widescreen, add to the sense of desolation and lawlessness.

Ning Hao also uses exaggeration and absurdities to sell his archly comic genre setting. No Man's Land isn't a straight western homage, but one that acknowledges its inspirations while having its own self-amused fun. The trumpet-and-acoustic guitar score adds knowing western atmosphere – even rising to a crescendo as Pan Xiao literally rides to the rescue – while utilizing deadpan wit and a revolving door of clever plot turns to consistently surprise. The actors are cartoonish in appearance but their actual performances are controlled, and nobody does more or less than the film requires. The only false step No Man's Land makes is its coda, which adds routine closure to one character's story while implying deeper emotional significance than is required of such a spare, sharp piece of entertainment. The scene does put a more "human" face on the film, but it ultimately feels disingenuous because Ning Hao movies aren't known for their humanity. Ning's films are celebrated as whip smart, cleverly crafted genre spins, and No Man's Land is a more than worthy addition to that fraternity.

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