The Bird People in China

The Bird People in China

Director: Takashi Miike Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Renji Ishibashi, Mako


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The Bird People in China

One of Japan's hottest young directors, Takashi Miike directs this curious adventure story set in China's picturesque Yunnan province. Workaholic Tokyo salaryman Wada (Masashiro Motoki) ventures into deepest, darkest China to investigate a massive deposit of high-quality jade. Tailing him is Ujiie (Renji Ishibashi), a snarling yakuza hell-bent on getting Wada's company to repay its debts. Led by their unflappable guide, Shun (Mako), the two go through rural villages and striking landscapes, quickly leaving behind all signs of the 20th century. As the trail grows narrower and more remote and as they brave gales, bugs, and floods, the long simmering tension between Wada and Ujiie bursts into full-scale contempt. One night, after Shun gets blind drunk, he hits his head and loses his memory. Now completely lost, the trio stumbles upon a hill tribe, whose children are adorned with wings made from bamboo and paper. Their teacher, a blue-eyed woman named Yan (Li Li Wang), tells them that she is teaching them to fly. Wada quickly becomes obsessed with this curious local. After she tells him that she has a book on human-powered flight and that her grandfather was a downed British airman, he almost believes that she can teach her students to soar. Soon Wada feels purged from the evils of city life while Ujiie decides to dedicate his life to protecting the village.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
UPC: 0881482001392
Original Release: 1998
Rating: NR
Source: Arts Magic
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:58:00

Special Features

Exclusive interview with director; Commentary with Tom Mes; Original trailer; Bios/filmographies; Promotional material; Previews; Annie Laurie; Scene selection; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Mr. Wada Arrives
3. Car Trouble
4. Business Talk
5. Love and Peace
6. Destination?
7. A Question of Flight
8. Book of Legends
9. A Woman's Voice
10. Memories Return
11. The Peak of Insanity
12. Time to Flee
13. Return to Life

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