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cover: Drummer, The (Jin Gwu)

Drummer, The (Jin Gwu)

Director(s): Kenneth Bi

Theatrical Release: 2008

Cast: Jaycee Chan, Tony Leung Kar-Fai, Josie Ho, Roy Cheung, Lee Sin-Je, Kenneth Tsang

Genre(s): Drama, coming-of-age, crime, psychological, Film Movement

Countries: Hong Kong, Taiwan

Location in store: Asian Cinema

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Ant Rating
Running Time: 113m.

Sent away to rural Taiwan after entering into a forbidden affair with the daughter of his father's most dangerous rival, the musically gifted son of a powerful Triad boss experiences a newfound sense of balance in life upon entering into an apprenticeship with a Zen drumming troupe. Sid Kwan is a reckless musician who threatens to rock the entire underworld when he makes love to the beautiful Carmen. Carmen is the daughter of Stephen Ma, perhaps the most notorious Triad leader in the Hong Kong underworld. Should Carmen's father find out about the clandestine affair, the streets would likely be ablaze with gunfire, and Sid would certainly be the first to fall. Hoping that his son's life will be spared if he is out of sight, Sid's father sends the restless boy to lie low in rural Taiwan. Shortly after his arrival, Sid stumbles across a Zen drumming troupe who live and play together deep in the forest. Their passion and athleticism instantly mesmerizing to the entranced newcomer, Sid immediately asks if he might become a part of the unique community. While Sid's apprenticeship is at first straining, the clarity that he experiences after ingratiating himself to the community helps him make sense of the chaos that nearly consumed him back in Hong Kong and discover the peace that comes from owning up to his father's dark legacy. (


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