A young Japanese salaryman is sent by his company to a remote Chinese village to evaluate precious Jade that is found there, but before he arrives meets the yakuza who was sent to tail him to protect his bosses interest in the company.
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Possibly one of the most beautiful movies I've had the pleasure of experiencing. The Bird People in China confirms how Miike has so many facets to himself that he explores. He brings the characters and the earth to detail with quirks of strangeness and a sense of humor that is raw and an understanding of human culture that is beautiful.
Why doesn't somebody say the obvious thing about this film, which is that it is Miike's best? The final image is pretty easily one of the most striking final shots in film history. I've been trying to find the recording of 'annie laurie' that plays during the end credits for YEARS.
very under-rated film... i was surprised to see how much humanism, cultural relationships and sentiment and subtleties in this film that stood up from other miike's film. it does proves that he is able to portray the intimate and wonderful human qualities.