Big Shot's Funeral

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Big Shot's Funeral
Traditional 大腕
Simplified 大腕
Mandarin Dàwàn
Directed by Feng Xiaogang
Produced by Yang Buting
Wang Zhongjun
Tong Gang
Wang Zhonglei
He Ping
Written by Li Xiaoming
Shi Kang
Feng Xiaogang
Starring Ge You
Rosamund Kwan
Donald Sutherland
Music by San Bao
Cinematography Zhang Li
Edited by Zhou Ying
Distributed by Columbia Tristar
Release date
  • December 21, 2001 (2001-12-21)
Running time
100 minutes
Language Mandarin, English

Big Shot's Funeral (Chinese: 大腕; pinyin: Dàwàn; literally: "Big Wrist", Mandarin colloquialism for "big shot") is a 2001 Chinese comedy film directed by Feng Xiaogang.



World-renowned American film director Rob Tyler (played by Donald Sutherland) is shooting a remake of The Last Emperor in the Forbidden City, Beijing. The director's assistant Lucy, a Chinese American (Rosamund Kwan), hires a Beijing cameraman named YoYo (Ge You) to shoot a "making of" documentary. The director discovers he has ailing health and is booted by the film's producer from the shoot. After witnessing a Chinese funeral for the elderly, Tyler tells YoYo he wants to have a similar "comedy funeral". Soon afterwards the American director falls into a coma. YoYo is officially allowed to plan Tyler's funeral and he enlists the help of a businessman friend to attract as many sponsors as the funeral process would permit.


  1. ^ Eckholm, Erik. "Big Shot's Funeral". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 

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