Big Shot's Funeral

Big Shot's Funeral

Director: Feng Xiaogang Cast: Donald Sutherland, Paul Mazursky, Ge You

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An American movie maker famous for living large wants to die in his own unique manner -- which turns out to be harder to pull off than anyone expected -- in this offbeat comedy from Chinese director Feng Xiaogang. Don Tyler (Donald Sutherland) is a well-known American filmmaker who has come to China to direct an epic scale costume drama about the last emperor of China. Lucy (Rosamund Kwan), Tyler's Chinese-American assistant and translator, hires YoYo (Ge You), a cameraman whose career has seen better days, to make a documentary about Tyler's massive project. Tyler and YoYo quickly hit it off and become friends; Tyler, however, isn't feeling especially inspired, and is haunted by thoughts of his own mortality. YoYo tells Tyler of the traditions of the common funeral in China, but Tyler is convinced YoYo was talking about a "comedy funeral," and after he falls ill following his firing by producer Tony (Paul Mazursky), Tyler begs YoYo to arrange such a memorial for him. YoYo sheepishly agrees, and when he's unsure of how to proceed, he seeks the help of noted event promoter Louis King (Ying Da). King whips up a massive funeral for Tyler, but it turns out that neither Tyler nor YoYo have the money to pay for it. King then strikes upon the idea of bringing in corporate sponsors to help bring the event into the black. Soon, dozens of multinational corporations are vying for the privilege of scoring advertising space during Tyler's televised funeral, but a fly appears in the ointment -- Tyler turns a corner, and it looks as if he won't be dying after all. Big Shot's Funeral marked the first major international project for director Feng Xiaogang, who has worked several times in the past with leading man Ge You, a major comic star in China.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2003
UPC: 0043396084919
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:40:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English and Mandarin 5.1 (Dolby Digital), French (Dolby Surround); Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections; Animated menus

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Don Tyler
3. YoYo's Opinion
4. No Inspiration
5. Tony
6. Jing Jie
7. A Happy Death
8. Fired
9. Tyler's Nervous Breakdown
10. Wang the Promoter
11. 3W-Dot-Com Productions
12. Wang's Funeral Proposal
13. Totally Broke
14. Mr. Zhang
15. Victor Lee Reporting
16. The Auction
17. Sponsorship
18. The Drill Team
19. Product Placement
20. Mr. Biao
21. Le Ha-Ha Mineral Water
22. A Happier Funeral Dirge
23. A Brilliant Memorial
24. "He Recovered."
25. Electroshock Therapy
26. The Movie's Ending
27. Cut on the Kiss
28. End Credits

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