In China They Eat Dogs

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In China They Eat Dogs
Directed by Lasse Spang Olsen
Produced by Steen Herdel
Written by Anders Thomas Jensen
Starring Kim Bodnia
Dejan Čukić
Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Tomas Villum Jensen
Music by George Keller
Edited by Lasse Spang Olsen
Distributed by Scanbox
TLA Releasing
Release date
  • 10 September 1999 (1999-09-10)
Running time
91 min
Country Denmark
Language Danish

In China They Eat Dogs (Danish: I Kina Spiser de Hunde), (1999), is a Danish action comedy film directed by Lasse Spang Olsen.[1]

The main roles are played by Kim Bodnia (Harald) and Dejan Čukić (Arvid). Olsen received the Audience Award at Cinénygma - Luxembourg International Film Festival and a Jury Prize at the Montreal Comedy Festival.


Arvid, a bank teller, is dumped by his girlfriend for being too boring and dull. Hoping to put some excitement in his life, Arvid helps stop a robbery at the bank. The wife of the would-be bank robber tracks Arvid down and tells him her husband was robbing the bank only so he could pay for medical treatments so they could have a child. The title is a reference to an axiom Arvid's brother tells him: "In China, they eat dogs"; which makes him realize that there is no such thing as moral absolutism, and that whether something is right or wrong depends on the situation. Because of his revelation, he comes to sympathize with the bank robber. Imagining he can help the couple and prove himself to be a dangerous outlaw all at once, Arvid plots a robbery of his own bank with the help of his brother Harald and some fellow wannabe criminals.


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