A Light-hearted comedy and social satire about a hidden
bandit treasure and a small country village out in the
Gobi desert -Shamatown. The Local entrepreneur and theme park owner
Tang Gaopeng (Honglei Sun is good
in the role) has invested all his money in his Theme Park connected
to the local legend of 1930's bandit Hu
Shuanxi, the infamous son of Shamatown. Tang's love interest, cute Chung
Niang (played by taiwanese actress
Chi Ling Lin) she's the supplier of food and drinks and has also invested
all her money in the Theme Park.
But, the tourists visiting this dusty godforsaken outpost of China are
few, and people are leaving the village to
work in a big city. But Tang has a dream of making Shamatown a flourishing
tourist spot and he works hard.
Against him in both the Theme Park plans and in love
stands local "Politruk" - Party member Lu Daping that
instead wants to pursue the local political plan of tomato farming in
Shamatown. He also wants Chung Niang.
The Famous Bandit Hu was supposed to have plundered
an emperors grave in 1931 and then hidden the treasure
somewhere undergorund in Shamatown. The Antique expert and Gangster
boss Mao (Huang Hai-Bo) somehow
get hold of an old seal (or something like that) with text on it giving
clues to where the treasure is hidden.
So, into Shamatown Gangster Bo and all his henchmen arrives pretending
to be investors, and soon the chase
after the treasure is on, and maybe the villagers aren't that stupid
as the gangsters think.
I liked it, very funny at the start but maybe a bit
thin story at the end. Sun Honglei was great as the enthusiastic
and likeable Tang Gaopeng and the villagers are a colorful bunch. The
satire over politicians doomed to be failed
plans for the village business was fun too, tomato-farming .... ostrich-breeding
anamorphic widescreen, DTS-ES or Dolby Digital mandarin with english
subs, Extra: Behind the scenes (19 min
without subs) and a trailer, region 3