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THE RULE OF THE GAME

This is a black tragi-comedy about three groups of greedy characters whose fate is woven together on one unlucky night. Turtle is tricked by his sly business partner, Will.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2003 18:00 IST
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THE RULE OF THE GAME
Original Title:Wadong Ren
Taiwan, 2001
Director: Ho Ping

The Rule of the Game is a black tragi-comedy about three groups of greedy characters whose fate is woven together on one unlucky night. Turtle is tricked by his sly business partner, Will.

He decides to bump him off with help from his enthusiastic pal, Chewy. Chewy has a rule about killing: "To kill is easy; to bury is difficult." A successful murder relies on how well you dig a hole.

Chewy is excited about this digging plan, prepares tools, and waits for three days for his target to show up. Wait, shoot, get paid, and go home. That's his rule. Will plans another business rip-off, unaware of the dangerous threat, not just from Turtle, but also from his girl friend who is planning to con his money with a kidnapping scheme.

Fate has brought them together in a small town. They all follow the golden rules. The hole is ready. But who will end up as the victim of the game?

Screenplay:
Jerry Huang and Cheng Kuo (based on a novel by Jerry Huang)

Cinematography:
Han Yun-chung

Editing:

Gu Hsiao-yun and Ho Ping

Principal cast:

Shih Chang, Hsia Ching-ling, Lee Tien-chu, Ku Jung-Kao, Wei Lung

Production:
Plaza Films, The Heat Films Co., Yen-Ping Film / 35mm /
colour / 103 mins.

Director's bio-note:
Ho Ping graduated from Syracuse University, New York with a MFA in film production. He has made five features, all of which have been screened at many international festivals and some of which have won awards, apart from several shorts, documentaries and TV commercials.

He is considered the most prolific and accomplished director among the so-called X generation filmmakers in Taiwan, with a distinct style of his own. His 18 (1993) won the FIPRESCI award at the Golden Horse Festival in Taiwan; Honour the Father (1990) was selected for the 'Best Taiwanese Films in 1980s' by France; The Digger (1988), won the Special Jury award at Washington, Dallas and Taiwan, and Wolves Cry Under the Moon got him the Best Director and 8 nominations for the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan.