Da wan (Big Shot's Funeral)
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An American movie maker famous for living large wants to die in his own unique manner -- which turns out to be harder to pull off than anyone expected -- in this offbeat comedy from Chinese director Feng Xiaogang. Don Tyler (Donald Sutherland) is a well-known American filmmaker who has come to China to direct an epic scale costume drama about the last emperor of China. Lucy (Rosamund Kwan), Tyler's Chinese-American assistant and translator, hires YoYo (Ge You), a cameraman whose career has seen better days, to make a documentary about Tyler's massive project. Tyler and YoYo quickly hit… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

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"By American standards, the satire is about 50 years behind the times, but even accounting for cultural differences, the comedy is limp and the storytelling so inept as to provoke amazement."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Funeral is a wild shot at the sheer gaudiness of both advertising and entertainment, and more often than not, it's right on target."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"Much of this is way over the top, irritating and entertaining in equal measure."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"Displays so little sense of style or character that it feels patched together, as if it's being made up as it goes along."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"A twisted farce, a touching character study, a bridge around the world; I love it."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, ▄berCinÚ
"There's been a glut of movies lately that feature a film within a film, a conceit that is already tiresome enough. But this Chinese-American co-production is so poorly executed, with such a lack of subtlety, it's one of the worst."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Problematic but passably enjoyable, the appeal of Big Shot's Funeral may be more a matter of taste than quality."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"Before losing its way in the second half, Feng Xiaogang's culture-clash comedy is a ribald parody of commercialism and the invisible line that separates personal integrity from 'selling out' opportunism."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Western audiences will have no idea that this is meant to be funny."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"A frenetic satire of Hollywood pretension and Chinese capitalism -- an idea as incongruous as a Woody Allen romp about the wacky world of collective farming."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Fast disintegrates into a series of semi-coherent scenes."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
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