The Black Cannon incident

China, 1985

Film
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This daring political comedy caused a huge controversy on release in China and was banned from export for two years. An inoffensive engineer comes under suspicion of industrial espionage when he sends a personal telegram which makes a cryptic mention of a Black Cannon. The Security Bureau finds some “worrying” data in his personal file, for example he was raised as a catholic. An investigation is launched and the resulting chaos provides the basis of a tragi-comedy narrative in which the Chinese ruling class is daringly satirised. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Credits

director

Huang Jianxin

producer

Wu Tianming

Language

Chinese

Duration

01:42:00:00

Colour

Colour

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