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Buddha's Lock

  • Film

Time Out says

This has a fascinating subject, based on fact: the arrest and enslavement of a crashed American airman by a backward tribe of the Yi people in central Sichuan during WWII. Unfortunately, it also has a script (by a Mainland Chinese writer) that has no real idea how to set up or develop characters, and constantly lets ethnographic elements get in the way of the narrative. The result is a strange mixture of excellence and hopeless misjudgements, never quite strong enough to overcome the handicap of a weak performance from the main America actor. At its best, it plays like an early Herzog movie: an assault on the very concept of human dignity in primitive, elemental landscapes.
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Release Details

  • Duration:96 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Yim Ho
  • Screenwriter:Kong Liang
  • Cast:
    • Yan Bide
    • Steve Horowitz
    • Zhang Lutong
    • John X Heart
    • Wei Zongwan
    • Sun Feihu
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