Undoubtedly a landmark in contemporary Chinese cinema, Devils on the Doorstep centres on those living in the shadow of Japanese occupation. One dark night, the unexpected and unwanted arrival of two prisoners throws the villagers of the Rack-Armour Terrace into confusion. When extreme solutions are suggested, everyone involved has to reflect on their humanity. Winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival, after having been smuggled out of China, Jiang’s celebrated jet black comedy is presented here in a new print.
We will be screening the 161 minute version of this film not the 139 minute version as previously listed.
This screening will be introduced by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford.