|Big Shot’s Funeral
Everything here is broad and very silly, but the offbeat foreign vibe keeps us intrigued, mostly because the whole sense of humour is so unusual and unexpected. We never have a clue what might happen next, which makes this take on the East meets West scenario feel quite fresh. And the filmmakers take advantage of every opportunity for astute satire, absurd black comedy and goofy slapstick. Much of this is way over the top, irritating and entertaining in equal measure. And the final series of events nearly do your head in. But there are terrific moments throughout the film, performances are natural and disarming, and even if it's completely ridiculous, it's also rather good fun.
dir Xiaogang Feng
scr Xiaogang Feng, Xiaoming Li, Kang Shi
with Ge You, Rosamund Kwan, Donald Sutherland, Ying Da, Paul Mazursky, Christopher Barden
release UK 15.Nov.02; US Jan.03
Big deal. Tyler's assistant and cameraman (Kwan and Ge) try to get their boss to snap out of his creative block...
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