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The Man from Beijing

3.5 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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A mass murder, a female judge and diary entries from ages ago judge Brigitta Roslin has to make a dangerous journey before she discovers the background of this crime. Police believe a madman was behind the brutal act. Not only Brigitta Roslin s parents are among the dead; almost all the victims were related to her. Brigitta soon becomes convinced that the police are on the wrong track, and she starts to investigate on her own. Her search for the murderer of her entire family leads Brigitta to China, where she is confronted with the gruesome machinations of a millionaire businessman. The two-part thriller is based on the internationally bestselling novel by Henning Mankell (the Inspector Wallander series).

Special Features

- "The Making of The Man From Beijing"  featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Suzanne von Borsody, Michael Nyqvist, Claudia Michelsen, Amy Cheng, James Taenaka
  • Directors: Peter Keglevic
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H5VFU4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,499 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It is an excellent movie that will help you reflect on one of the current world issues - revenge based on historical injustice. It is masterfully centered around great abuses that ocurred to the Chinese immigrants who came to America in the 1800s, but the revenge for the abuses are being carried out now. The movie involves the last member of a Swedish family, the only member to have accidentally survived the revenge of a Chinese man who is well trained with the sword. Both social realities for how to see historical abuse are represented in the story. It is a drama that is driven along with a tension of suspense, a suspense driven by when is she going to get it. There are many questions a viewer will take from this thought provoker. A question that I took away from the story is how independent should my family loyalty be in light of a government's design to have all people individualized into the government's mode of behavior as defined by the terms "an obedient citizen".

Women who enjoy watching women control the power position in social dynamics will be satisfied with this movie. All the positions of power are controlled by women except one but that male is nixed out by a woman of authority. Interesting.
I found it an engaging dynamic that seemed pretty realistic except for one aspect that was missing. The one aspect that was missing was the equally prone tendency of corruption that goes along with positions of power. Women are as vulnerable as men, this is also where both sexes are equal.

I got more than I paid for. Watch it and expect to have your mind expanded while entertained.
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This very similiar to The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo Trilogy. Very easy to read sub-titles. Exciting (as much as a movie on the computer can be), although not for the squeamish. You know forgein movies. American movies are much less violent.
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After watching the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, which was excellent, I was looking forward to a film with similar qualities. I regret that this film failed on all counts. Although the concept for the plot was good, the script, the acting and almost every aspect of the film failed to meet my expectations. I gave the film two stars and that was being generous.

If all of the judges in Sweden have the same lack of common sense and intelligence as shown by the main character, the country is in serious trouble. The plot failed to meet the "it could happen" test in this regard. The lead police detective character has the same problem. If she is an example of the average Swedish detective, God help the victims of crime in Sweden. A judge that finds themselves in a situation where the lead detective treats the only surviving family member of a massacre in that way would be on the phone to any number of political and judicial connections to get the situation under control. The detective would have been removed from the case so fast as to make her head spin.

Any person who is intelligent enough to become a judge should have the common sense to have a couple of bodyguards assigned to her instead of bumbling around and making herself an easy target for the killer. I realize that human frailty is a key ingredient in adding tension to the plot of a "thriller", but the way it was used in this film was ridiculous. It's on a level with those films where the character is running away from a killer but keeps falling down and tripping just to make sure the killer catches up. I won't even address the idea of the judge flying off to China to try and track down the killer herself. At least she called her soon to be ex-husband, a train conductor. All he needed to do to help her was to turn his train around and get the porters to form up a posse.
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No stopping this one to go to the bathroom or to get coffee. Super (non-Hollywood) ending. Have recommended to others.
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Wow - this was a waste of 90 minutes - the second 90 minutes that is. The first half wasn't so bad, but the second half was a disaster. So many changes from the book - I barely recognized it. Token scene in Africa, but never followed up, which was a major plot point of the book. And a husband? Maybe it's just been a while since I read the book, but I don't remember the main character having a husband. And why is he even here? In the end, he's pointless. And why is a Swedish judge running around "Beijing" in a house dress that looks like something my grandmother might have worn 30 years ago? Don't waste your time or your money.
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I too thought I was going to watch a martial arts movie, lol... This is a very suspenseful crime drama from Sweden. The production is top notch. The story has so many levels and all come together perfectly. The performances are wonderful. If you know a little German, this movie is easy to follow without the sub-titles which allows you to watch the depth of the performances and the cinematography ever better. Take a risk on this movie and I'm certain you'll be glad you did...
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I just finished watching this movie. I had started reading the book and thought I would skip ahead, so to speak, by watching the movie. The book is well written, but this movie, what a mess. The woman who plays the judge in search of a killer has got to be the stupidest person on the planet. I finally began to wish the killer would just finish her off. She kept stumbling in and out of trouble so often it just became ridiculous. Only the killer was more inept. How he managed to kill all those other people in the first place is a mystery. Don't waste your time with this movie.
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