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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).

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- "The Making of The Man From Beijing"  featurette

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  • 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:
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  • 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: #161,938 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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Subtitled and in German, not Swedish, as Mankell the author. I have seen another version I thought was better. Female lead character appears to be rather nieve towards the end. Rather frustrating to watch here get into situations you know she can't handle. 3 hours long.
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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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(Some spoilers). As others have stated, this is a film about revenge. A Chinese family takes out a hit list for an entire Swedish family for injustices done by a family member 150 years before. After massacreing two entire family lines, only one woman is left. The film is made in two parts. In the first part the massacre occurs in the US and Sweden, where the film is made, in spoken Swedish with English subtitles. The second part occurs in 'China' as the sole survivor seeks out the Chinese assassin. Although filmed in Taiwan it appears to be the Chinese mainland. This is a nailbiter and well worth your time and the three hours goes quickly. What makes a severe impression is how the woman is kept under direct, video and cell phone tracking surveillance! We see how modern corrupt regimes with advanced computer and surveillance systems have created a modern p*lice state! This is a very scary thing, as it is now in place in the UK and the US. Our government has completely sold us out to the Chinese, who own our national debt, half our banks, a huge amount of real estate! Never in history have political states been this controlled, surveilled and computer-tracked as is happening now ALL OVER THE WORLD! A few corrupt governmental personnel now control the entire world and oppress innocent citizens on any whim!Here in the US the Dept of HS and the P*tri*t Act have taken away all your Contitutional rights and protections. SEE THIS MOVIE to get a taste of what is coming FOR YOU in your own country! Be afraid...be very afraid! Demand governmental and Constitutional accounting and responsibility to the people!
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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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