Screening of Devils On The Doorstep


Devils On The Doorstep / 鬼子来了 (Newly-restored extended version)
Dir: Jiang Wen
China / 2000 / 162min / Mandarin (with English subtitles) / DCP/ Rating TBC

Set in the last months of Japanese-occupied China in a small village, a mysterious visitor leaves two kidnapped victims – a Japanese soldier and a Chinese translator – at Ma Dasan’s (Jiang Wen) house for reasons unknown. The villagers end up forming a strange kinship with the duo that leads to a series of tragicomic events. This original 162-minute version (20 minutes longer than its theatrical cut) of the film has only recently been restored and has not been seen since its initial festival-run in 2000.

This film is part of the war film programme Witness to War: Memories and Screens, organised by the National Museum of Singapore as part of the Witness to War exhibition and curated by the Asian Film Archive.

About Witness to War: Memories and Screen

The memories of World War Two have been captured, interpreted and presented in various films – from iconic war films like Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence to romance films such as Hiroshima Mon Amour and historically significant films like Momotaro, Sacred Sailors and Spirit of the Overseas Chinese which have not been seen in Singapore in recent history. For the first time, the National Museum, in collaboration with the Asian Film Archive, will be presenting Witness to War: Memories and Screens, a selection of films which document and remember the experience of World War Two in the Pacific and its aftermath.

In tracing the historical development from the bombing of Pearl Harbour (1941) to Hiroshima (1945), Memories and Screens will showcase films and narratives from Singapore and Malaya, Britain, Japan, America and Singapore’s regional neighbours, accounting for the diverse yet shared narratives of countries and people that have participated in and witnessed World War Two. This film programme –inspired by the exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942 – invites us to reflect upon the ways film across national borders remembers a shared history that continues to shape our reality today.

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