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india Updated: Jul 17, 2003 16:16 IST

China, 2002
Director: Lu Chuan

Synopsis Ma Shan, a small-town policeman wakes up one morning to discover that his gun is missing. In China this is a punishable offence. His first thought is that he must have lost it at a wedding he had attended the previous evening. But investigations there reveal that everyone – including Ma Shan – was too drunk to remember anything. Nevertheless, he begins to track down the people he sat close to at the wedding, hoping that one of them has accidentally picked up the gun. He begins to fear the gun’s absence is not so accidental; maybe the one who picked it up has plans to use it.As he searches, he realises things are not what they seemed to be...

Lu Chuan

Zhang Yifan

Xie Zhengyu

Felling Band

Principal cast:
Jian Wen, Ning Jing, Wu Yujuan, Shi Liang

Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia and Huayi Brothers and Taihe Film Investment Co. Ltd.
35mm / colour / 90 mins.

Director's bio-note:
Lu Chuan was born in Xinjiang province in China’s far west. He moved to Beijing with his parents when he was seven years old. After graduating from high school, he attended one of the most prestigious schools in China, the People’s Liberation Army Institute of International Affairs in Nanjing, where he majored in English literature. Later, he worked as a translator in the army, often interpreting in meetings between Chinese and American military officials. While in the army he moonlighted, shooting TV commercials. In 1996 he left the army and entered the Beijing Film Academy and graduated in 1998. The Missing Gun is his first feature.

First Published: Jul 17, 2003 16:16 IST