Full Trailer For Chinese Espionage Thriller THE MESSAGE

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Full Trailer For Chinese Espionage Thriller THE MESSAGE

How's this for a streak: Mainland Chinese film producers The Huayi Brothers are very likely the only production house in the world that can claim - at least claim honestly - that they've never had a film lost money. And that trend looks likely to continue with The Message, a darkly slick espionage thriller from Chen Kuo-Fu (Double Vision) and Gao Qunshu (Tokyo Trial) with Zhou Xun heading up and all star cast.

1942, Nanking. Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a mansion house for questioning. A tense game of cat and mouse ensues as the Chinese code-breaker attempts to send out a crucial message while protecting his/her own identity.

We've run early teasers for this one in the past but the full trailer has recently arrived, is very impressive, and lurks below the break.

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agent666August 7, 2009 4:59 PM

ill second that comment for sure!

PiersDAugust 7, 2009 5:47 PM

Hopefully the trailer doesn't do the film justice.
It makes it look like just another exploitation film set during the Japanese occupation and I for one have seen enough of those.
Maybe the next trailer will show a bit more of the plot.

Ivo BritoAugust 7, 2009 6:08 PM

Look's nice.

Matthew LeeAugust 7, 2009 6:34 PM

Could still go either way, to my mind. As with all the other media they've released the money is obviously there on screen, but I didn't think that was an especially great [i]trailer[/i] and if the film's essentially two hours of 'Tell us the truth, Chinese worm!' / 'Never, Japanese pig!' / *dzzzzzzt* etc., etc. I'll be somewhat disappointed. Could be the snippets of dialogue would clear that up, could be not. The talent and the production values mean I'm still very much interested, I just have misgivings regardless.

WillbyAugust 7, 2009 10:22 PM

The trailer was something like "Brourne: the Chinese Identity". i think this is going to turn out to be a glorified proapaganda propaganda movie. Like the awful 3ip-man". guessing from this trailer, the movie doesn't even pretend to be at the same level of "lust, Caution"

pochiWAugust 8, 2009 12:39 AM

dang, never noticed before that zhou xun's the only one who doesn't automatically go into that academy-trained, arch theatrical diction & manner of speaking. and (my fella countryfolks) love to call korean actors "overacting hams"? (stroking chin...)

CfensiAugust 8, 2009 12:58 AM

Billy is that you?

Actually Zhou Xun attended Zhejiang Arts Academy.