Drummer, The
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Drummer, The

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Original title: Zhan. Gu (戰·鼓)
Year: 2007
Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 6.7 459 votes
Plot: 'The Drummer' is an original and stylistic cinematic feast of sight and sound. It is the first feature film to combine an engaging character-driven story with dramatic action and the stunning art of Chinese zen drumming.

The compelling and emotional story follows Sid, a reckless youth raised in a Hong Kong triad family, who flees to Taiwan upon enraging a mob boss. Hiding out in the mountains of Taiwan, he encounters and joins a group of zen drummers whose mesmerizing art, rigorous physical training, and austere way of life eventually transform him into an extraordinary young man.

Sid's independence from the triad life is profoundly challenged, however, when a twist of fate awaits him back home in Hong Kong and forces him to choose between loyalty to his family and his new found faith in himself...
Movie info
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 118

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Tags: Drummer, Zhan. Gu, 2007, German movies, Hong Kong movies, Taiwanese movies, Drama movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

Drummer, The
The Hollywood Reporter, by Stephen Farber source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/awards_festivals/fest_reviews/arti~~~d=10496
«The film is an odd hybrid of violent action picture and earnest spiritual odyssey, but somehow it all works. This is partly because of the skill of writer-director Kenneth Bi, who brings ferocious energy to the action scenes and sensitivity to the interactions of the drummers, played by U Theatre, a well-known group of Taiwan artists.»
Twitch, by Stefan source: http://twitchfilm.net/site/view/the-drummer-review/
«All in all, it’s still a gorgeous looking film with good acting from the leads, and not to mention the professional performances by U-Theatre, the real Zen Drummers who come alive when they’re behind their set of drums. Make sure you watch this in a theatre with a booming sound system.»
Variety, by DEREK ELLEY source: http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=festivals&jump=review&id=2471&~~~29&cs=1
«Bi injects a fair measure of light comedy, leavening the gangster material and also making Sid a likeable ne'er-do-well. Latter's inauguration into the live-rough community is handled with charm and humor, and tight editing (with copious fadeouts) keeps things moving along.»
movieXclusive.com, by Ninart Lui source: http://www.moviexclusive.com/review/thedrummer/thedrummer.htm
«The lushly somber, cello-dominated score also helps to add a spiritual element to the screen, which combined with the supposed mystical properties of traditional drumming techniques to produce an aesthetically-pleasing near-masterpiece.»
Screen, by Dan Fainaru source: http://www.screendaily.com/4034024.article
«Not quite a genre movie, nor a philosophical one about the glory and mystery of an ancient art, it turns out finally to be quite a pleasant if not terribly original entertainment, thanks to some spectacular drumming performances and the breathtaking landscapes in which most of it takes place. »

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Persons

Filmmakers

Bi, KennethBI Kenneth
director/writer
MATTHIAS Andre
composer
Kenbiroli Films
studio
Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion GmbH
studio
Emperor Motion Pictures
studio
Persons

Cast

Chan, JayceeCHAN Jaycee
as Sid
Fai, Tony Leung KaFAI Tony Leung Ka
as Kwan
Lee, AngelicaLEE Angelica
as Hong Dou
Cheung, RoyCHEUNG Roy
as Ah Chiu
Lo, KenLO Ken
as Long
Ho, JosieHO Josie
as Sina
Tsang, KennethTSANG Kenneth
as Stephen Ma
Cheng, Hei-YiCHENG Hei-Yi
as Carmen
LIU Ruo-Yu
as Lan Jie
HUANG Chih-Chun
as Sifu
CHIN Glen
as Uncle Tak
NG Andrew
as The Monk
YUAN Eugenia
as Kwan's wife



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