A prequel to the hit "In China They Eat Dogs," which ended with most of the characters being gunned down, "Old Men in New Cars aka In China They Eat Dogs II" goes over the top in every way possible. Where the original movie, amid all its violence and black humor, had genuine entertainment value, this one leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

A prequel to the hit “In China They Eat Dogs,” which ended with most of the characters being gunned down, “Old Men in New Cars aka In China They Eat Dogs II” goes over the top in every way possible. Where the original movie, amid all its violence and black humor, had charm and genuine entertainment value, this one leaves a bad taste in the mouth, as well as being one of the most misogynistic Scandi films in recent years. The film has already become a box office success in Denmark.

On release from jail, Harald (Kim Bodnia) hooks up with old pals Peter (Tomas Villum Jensen) and Martin (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), and the trio go to Sweden, to help a convict escape from a high-security prison. The son of one of Harald’s best friends, said convict is Ludvig (Torkel Pettersson), imprisoned for raping and killing several women. Back in Copenhagen, the gang flunk a bank robbery, taking the innocent Mille (Iben Hjejle) as hostage, and then plot an ever bigger hold-up at an airport. The many action scenes are swiftly and professionally handled, and performances are all good.

Old Men in New Cars AKA in China They Eat Dogs II

Denmark

Production

A Thura Film production, in association with Svenska Filmkompaniet, TV2 Danmark (Denmark), the Danish Film Institute, Film i Vast (Sweden). (International sales: Nordisk Film, Copenhagen.) Produced by Michael Schonnemann, Michael Obel. Directed by Lasse Spang Olsen. Screenplay, Anders Thomas Jensen.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Henrik Kristensen; editor, Mikkel E.G. Nielsen; costume designer, Helle Nielsen. Reviewed at Haugesund Film Festival, Norway, Aug. 24, 2002. Original Danish title: Gamle maend i nye biler aka I Kina spiser de hunde II. Danish, Swedish & English dialogue. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Kim Bodnia, Tomas Villum Jensen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Iben Hjejle, Torkel Pettersson, Jens Okking, Brian Patterson, Dorte Daugberg, Slavko Labovic.

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