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China Gate (1998) (Hindi Film / Bollywood Movie / Indian Cinema DVD)

Om Puri , Naseeruddin Shah  |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Danny Denzongpa, Paresh Rawal, Tinu Anand
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Eros Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 1999
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0048CIGUW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,441 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is another WONDERFUL movie by RajKumar Santoshi, the creator of Ghayal, Ghatak, Damini. Though the movie is inspired by blockbusters like Sholay (Hindi), Seven Samurai, it has somehow prints its own identity. This movie has more than 12 actors but the director has beautifully characterize their roles.

The other highlights of the movie are excellent cinematography, live sets and superb acting. If you prefer technicially brilliant movie, this is one, you must see. --www.platform47.com

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This is a story of 10 men. 10 old men with a glorious past, a dark present, and no future.

17 years ago, these same men were Brave Soldiers - confident, deadly, and very proud. Commanded by Col. Krishna Kant, their formidable battalion was the honour of the Indian Army. And then, one fateful night... a moment of human weakness on the part of Col. Krishna Kant... and mission went horribly wrong. That one incident changed their lives completely, driving them off the rails.

Today, they are just a bunch of washouts, each one at a dead end in their lives. Now, 17 years later, they have a second chance... A desperate mission... It can give them their redemption... or Death!

It all began with a knock on Col. Krishna Kant's door. There stood Sandhya, tragedy in her eyes, defiance in her stance, and a heavy burden on her young shoulders. The horrifying spectator of the public slaughter of her idealistic father still fresh in her mind. She appealed to the colonel for help.

A reluctant Krishna Kant, batting his own tragic past, was moved by the spirit of this helpless girl. And incredible mission was born... Jageera the megalomaniac; the sadistic dacoit, who has brutalised the villagers of Devdurg, grinding their dignity under his heel. The government is obviously helpless. Wily the utterly ruthless, he is the kind of enemy that all good men would want to vanquish... but none can. And so begins the biggest challenge of their lives - their toughest test - mission CHINA-GATE.

Had they taken on a mission that could only end in their own destruction? Will they ensuing fire engulf the soldiers themselves?

China Gate is the story of their trials, their plans... their joys... their loyalty and betrayal, their triumphs... and deadly reversals.


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3.0 out of 5 stars China Gate not so great February 6, 2011
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Not really caring about the quality of the movie, I bought a low priced copy of China Gate mainly for the dance Chamma Chamma featuring Urmilla Matondkar. This outdoor dirt-dance featuring Urmilla is most excellent and most of the stars get into the act. For this reason alone I am happy with the purchase.

I read somewhere that Indians have a saying that the better the music and dance the worse the movie. While I don't necessarily agree with that, it sure seems true in this case because the movie is just awful.

The movie is kind of like the Magnificent Seven plus the Three Amigos meet a never ending supply of banditos that are led by a guy so crazy that Charles Manson would cringe. The odd part for me is that this crazy megalomaniac, because of his eyes and some facial expressions, looks like a slightly overweight Andy Kaufman with long wild hair and a beard. You really want this guy to die and boy does that take a long time.

Bad guys are all on horseback but you can call a cab. Later in the movie some of the good guys are on horseback because there are a lot of extra horses due to bad guys being shot. I think they run out of ammo several times shooting bad guys. Apparently, crazy leaders can go down to the local Indian unemployment office and hire these loyal-to-the-death guys cheap. At one point the press shows up with cameras. It makes me laugh just thinking about it but the movie seemed dead serious. Oh, almost forgot, the movie has nothing to do with China other than a failed mission in the past where the heroes were branded as cowards.

Alright, in my opinion the story is a 4 except for where it digressed and slid to a 2. Acting by the all star cast including actors such as Om Puri, Amrish Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Jagdeep (just to name a few) is very good - 5 ish. Celebration dance featuring Urmilla is a 5. I must be leaving something out because I feel like I'm rouding up to a 3.
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3.0 out of 5 stars DVD not so gr8! December 24, 2008
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I love this movie which is why I ordered it but, the DVD skips quite a bit while playing and some scenes have been cut from the original.
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