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Beijing Blues (DVD-9) (English Subtitled) (China Version) DVD Region 6

Gao Qun Shu (Director) | Zhang Li Xian (Actor) | WANG XIAO SHAN (Actor) | Zhou Yun Peng (Actor)
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Gao Qunshu's Beijing Blues is not your typical crime film. The Mainland director of The Message and Wind Blast stays off the beaten track of commercial filmmaking for his latest cinematic outing, opting instead to tell the undramatic true story of a low-level police officer in Beijing. With respect to the almost documentary-like texture of the narrative, the acclaimed writer-director notably cast dozens of amateur actors for the various main and supporting roles. Well-known publisher Zhang Lixian, whom he knew from Weibo (the major microblog platform in China), plays the central character Zhang Huiling, the plainclothes detective hailed in real life as a great crimebuster having caught more than 1,600 criminals in seven years. Offering a gritty and compelling portrait of street crimes in the capital of China, the reality-based cop drama earned Gao a Best Director award at the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival.
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Product Title: Beijing Blues (DVD-9) (English Subtitled) (China Version) 神探亨特張 (DVD-9) (中國版) 神探亨特张 (DVD-9) (中国版) 神探亨特張 (DVD-9) (中国版) Beijing Blues (DVD-9) (English Subtitled) (China Version)
Also known as: Detective Hunter Zhang Detective Hunter Zhang Detective Hunter Zhang Detective Hunter Zhang Detective Hunter Zhang
Artist Name(s): Zhang Li Xian (Actor) | WANG XIAO SHAN (Actor) | Zhou Yun Peng (Actor) | Ning Cai Shen (Actor) | Mu Rong Xue Cun (Actor) | Kong Er Gou (Actor) 張立憲 (Actor) | 王小山 (Actor) | 周雲蓬 (Actor) | 寧財神 (Actor) | 慕容雪村 (Actor) | 孔二狗 (Actor) 张立宪 (Actor) | 王小山 (Actor) | 周云蓬 (Actor) | 宁财神 (Actor) | 慕容雪村 (Actor) | 孔二狗 (Actor) Zhang Li Xian (Actor) | WANG XIAO SHAN (Actor) | Zhou Yun Peng (Actor) | Ning Cai Shen (Actor) | Mu Rong Xue Cun (Actor) | Kong Er Gou (Actor) Zhang Li Xian (Actor) | WANG XIAO SHAN (Actor) | Zhou Yun Peng (Actor) | Ning Cai Shen (Actor) | Mu Rong Xue Cun (Actor) | Kong Er Gou (Actor)
Director: Gao Qun Shu 高群書 高群书 高群書 (カオ・チュンシュ) Gao Qun Shu
Release Date: 2012-09-18
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 6 - China What is it?
Duration: 90 (mins)
Publisher: Hualu Electronics & Audio-Visual Publishing Co.LTD
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031531641

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  本片根據北京市海淀分局雙榆樹派出所民警張慧領的真實事跡改編  

  警察 小偷 騙子 都怒了

  便衣民警老張(張立憲 飾)在酒桌上跟一幫兄弟們開懷暢飲,用歌聲道出了北京的苦辣酸甜。他們潛伏在川流不息的人群中,伺機而動,抓捕違法犯罪人員:無論是用電子乾擾汽車車鎖盜取財物的,還是用殘疾人作誘餌碰瓷的,無論是拉幫結派的梁上君子,還是招搖撞變的算命先生……全都逃不過老張的法眼。老張的事跡甚至還上了北京電視台的紀錄片。然而,眼看犯罪分子一個個落網,老張的內心卻陷入了迷惘。他也是上有老下有小的普通人。多年的打拼,令老張的身體也亮起了紅燈,他有哮喘,有高血壓,但是為了抓賊,他努力地克服著自己的因難。然而,他門口總有一個不離不棄的尾隨者,很多光怪陸離的事件接連發生,令老張和他的弟兄們猝不及防……

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‧吐槽片段
‧精彩預告片
‧主題曲《北京》MV

‧第15屆上海國際電影節【2012】
‧金爵獎–最佳導演 高群書
‧金爵獎–最佳影片【入圍】高群書
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September 28, 2012

Crime fighting in real life.
During a trip in China, I watched a television drama that follows a policeman's investigation of a murder case. Shot with a handheld camera and a bad microphone, the drama was clearly made to look like a documentary about a real crime. However, the show gave itself away with bad acting and shoddy production values, looking more like bad audition footage from a much better television drama.

I immediately thought about that show while watching Beijing Blues, realizing that this was what that television show was aspiring to be. Starring some of the most famous figures of the Beijing cultural scene (almost entirely non-actors), Beijing Blues is an interesting cinéma vérité-style drama that is actually effective in blurring the line between reality and fiction.

Based on a real street cop who made over 1,600 arrests over seven years, Beijing Blues is not your typical crime procedural drama. Detective Zhang Huiling (popular author Zhang Lixian) doesn't bust major drug deals or get into gunfights with bank robbers. Instead, he's a Beijing beat cop who spends his day preying on small-time criminals, primarily con artists with elaborate scams and pickpocket gangs. Director Gao Qunshu, who has depicted the difficult lives of Chinese policemen in Old Fish and television series Zheng Fu, always shows the crimefighting process from Zhang's point of view, with the cop standing afar like a hunter patiently waiting to strike. Beijing Blues is far from the most exciting film about catching criminals, but it shows that crimefighting in the real world isn't about car chases and gunfights.

Even more interesting than Zhang's methods are the crimes themselves. The film unintentionally functions as a public service announcement of sorts, showing us the various creative (and likely real) ways that Beijing criminals prey on innocent people. From fake fortune tellers to elaborate cons involving an entire family to even car lock remote jammers, Gao shows that petty criminals may be some of the most creative people in Beijing.

Beijing Blues is also a bold film for a government-approved mainstream production. Not only does it portray its crimefighting hero as a jaded and exhausted veteran (cops are often portrayed as incorruptible, upstanding people in China), it also makes references to real-life incidents that have caused social uproar in recent years. The most powerful one is the reenactment of the Yueyue case, involving the toddler who was repeatedly run over by passing trucks and ignored by passersby as she laid dying. However, Gao does compromise with the finale of the film, wrapping the film up with a message about people's duty to obey the law under any circumstances.

Beijing Blues is one of the most fascinating Chinese crime films in recent years. Unlike commercial films that put a heavy layer of polish on the more glamorous side of the big city, the film is a humorous and often bittersweet look at the lives of commoners in the Chinese capital. Many of the criminals in the film are unrepentant, but they are mostly people whose circumstances force them to turn to crime. Even if Beijing Blues is mostly fiction, it always feels genuine. Perhaps the makers of that crime mockumentary can now watch Beijing Blues and take a stab at a sequel.

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