Devils on the Doorstep

Director: Jiang Wen
Year Released: 2000
Rating: 2.0

A Japanese POW and an interpreter are thrown in a poor man's home with the express instructions to both hold them until a later, unspecified date; the captor (Jiang Wen himself), who doesn't want to kill them, decides to hide them. It's rambling until the POW is returned to his Japanese officers, which is when the picture seems to actually get some footing and becomes a smidge more dynamic before turning its large 'celebration' scene into a horror film and ends on a note of deep irony. Very noisy - everyone loves to shout, shout, shout, like Toshiro Mifune in a bad mood.