In China They Eat Dogs

Lasse Spang Olsen, Denmark, 1999

90 min.DK/Feature

Arvid and Harald are brothers. But there the semblance ends. Arvid is a peaceable bank clerk. Harald is a tough crook. Arvid is the hero of the day when he thwarts a bank robber, but by doing so he discovers that he has tampered with somebody else's destiny. He has to make amends, which will require Harald's help. Harald wants to do his fraternal duty and puts his skills at Arvid's disposal. In no time at all, aided and abetted by two cooks and a reluctant immigrant, they rob a security van. But that proves just the start of Arvid and Harald's criminal and charitable career, which turns out to be long and bloody until higher powers take stock of the death toll.

The first ever Danish black comedy gangster film. A rip-roaring tall story packed with armed robbery, explosives and sudden death, all perpetrated with the best intentions - because the film is about all the disasters a guy unleashes when he is determined to help other people.
Basic information Credits Music Materials
Original title I Kina spiser de hunde
Danish title I Kina spiser de hunde
Director Lasse Spang Olsen
Screenplay Anders Thomas Jensen
Director of Photography Morten Søborg
Editor Lasse Spang Olsen
Sound Morten Degnbol
Composer George Keller
Production designer Robert Grant
Appearance Kim Bodnia, Dejan Cukic, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Tomas Villum Jensen
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Scanbox Filmudlejning
International sales Scanbox International
Technical info 2457 meter, 35 mm, 1,85:1 - Widescreen, color, Sound
Danish theatrical release 10.09.1999
Cinemas Dagmar, Palads, Scala, Grand, Gladsaxe Bio, BioCity (Tåstrup), Gentofte Kino
Find more Variety, June 28, 1999, p. 74
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company Steen Herdel & Co.
Domestic distribution Scanbox Filmudlejning


Direction Lasse Spang Olsen


Script Anders Thomas Jensen
Translation: Danish-American English Marsha Henriksen


Production Steen Herdel
Executive producer Michael Brask


Cinematography Morten Søborg


Editing Lasse Spang Olsen
Trailer editor Tómas Gislason


Composer George Keller

Production design

Production designer Robert Grant


Sound engineer Morten Degnbol

Special effects

Special effects Lars Kolding Andersen


Harald Kim Bodnia
Arvid Dejan Cukic
Martin Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Peter Tomas Villum Jensen
Franz Peter Gantzler
Hanne Trine Dyrholm
Astrid Line Kruse
Vuk Brian Patterson
Henning Søren Sætter-Lassen
Richard Lester Wiese
Bartender Jesper Christensen
Jørgen Lasse Lunderskov
Erling Preben Harris
Ratko Slavko Labovic
Gunna Anna Britt Mathiassen
Preben Martin Spang Olsen
Rockband Red Warszawa
Interviewer Niels Brinch

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