In China They Eat Dogs

In China They Eat Dogs (1999)

  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
  • Release Date: 1999-09-10
  • User Rating: 7.3/10 from 237 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 31min
  • Language: Dansk
  • Production Company: Steen Herdel Filmproduktion
  • Production Country: Denmark
  • Director: Lasse Spang Olsen
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Arvid, a bank teller, is dumped by his girlfriend for being too boring and dull. Hoping to put some excitement in his life, Arvid helps stop a robbery at the bank. The wife of the would-be bank robber tracks Arvid down and tells him her husband was robbing the bank only so he could pay for medical treatments so they could have a child. The title is a reference to an axiom Arvid's brother tells him: "In China, they eat dogs"; which makes him realize that there is no such thing as moral absolutism, and that whether something is right or wrong depends on the situation. Because of his revelation, he comes to sympathize with the bank robber. Imagining he can help the couple and prove himself to be a dangerous outlaw all at once, Arvid plots a robbery of his own bank with the help of his brother Harald and some fellow wannabe criminals.

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  • Dejan Čukić

    as Arvid
  • Kim Bodnia

    as Harald
  • Brian Patterson

    as Vuk
  • Nikolaj Lie Kaas

    as Martin
  • Tomas Villum Jensen

    as Peter
  • Line Kruse

    as Astrid
  • Peter Gantzler

    as Franz
  • Søren Sætter-Lassen

    as Henning
  • Lester Wiese

    as Richard
  • Jesper Christensen

    as Bartender
  • Lasse Lunderskov

    as Jørgen
  • Preben Harris

    as Erling
  • Slavko Labović

    as Ratko
  • Martin Spang Olsen

    as Preben
  • Trine Dyrholm

    as Hanne
  • Anna Britt Mathiassen

  • Red Warszawa

  • Niels Brinch

Writing Anders Thomas Jensen Author
Camera Morten Søborg Director of Photography
Directing Lasse Spang Olsen Director
Editing Lasse Spang Olsen Editor
Sound George Keller Original Music Composer
Sound Benni Christiansen Sound Designer
Production Steen Herdel Producer