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A key Fifth Generation work released during the second phase of Deng Xiaoping's social and economic reforms, this robust social satire delightfully depicts the clash between the rising class of rapid industrial modernizers and old Party cadres with a serious Cultural Revolution hangover. The film chronicles the Kafkaesque predicament of a bumbling factory translator who is suspected of industrial espionage after sending an innocent telegram that is intercepted by a militant snoop. (The "black cannon" of the title refers to the missing chess piece the hapless hero is trying to locate.) Placed under investigation and reassigned to a less sensitive department but never informed of the reason for his demotion, he petitions to get his job back, sparking an increasingly obtuse and hilarious series of Party meetings, set in a boardroom straight out of German Expressionism.

  1. Huang Jianxin

    Director

  2. Wei Li

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Gerhard Olschewski

    Hans Schmidt

  2. Yang Fengliang

    Chen Hao-xiang

  3. Yang Yazhou

    Yang Yazhou

    Feng Liangcai

  4. Zifeng Liu

    Zhao Shuxin

  5. Gao Ming

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The Black Cannon Incident
The Black Cannon Incident

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Original Title 黑炮事件

Status Released

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  • January 6, 1986
    Theatrical

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Original Language Chinese

Runtime 1h 34m

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