In China They Eat Dogs

Last updated
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 byLasse Spang Olsen
Distributed by Scanbox
TLA Releasing
Release date
  • 10 September 1999 (1999-09-10)
Running time
91 min
Language Danish

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



Arvid (Dejan Čukić), 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 (Kim Bodnia) and some fellow wannabe criminals.


In 2002 a prequel titled Old Men in New Cars was released. It was again directed by Lasse Spang Olsen, and had Kim Bodnia reprising his role as Harald.

Related Research Articles

Great Train Robbery (1963)

The Great Train Robbery was the robbery of £2.6 million from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London on the West Coast Main Line in the early hours of 8 August 1963, at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn, near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England.

<i>Pelle the Conqueror</i> 1987 film directed by Bille August

Pelle the Conqueror is a 1987 epic film co-written and directed by Bille August, based upon the noted 1910 novel of the same name by Danish writer Martin Andersen Nexø. The film tells the story of two Swedish immigrants to Denmark, a father and son, who try to build a new life for themselves. It stars Pelle Hvenegaard as the young Pelle, with Max von Sydow as his father, and also features Axel Strøbye and Astrid Villaume.

Bank robbery Crime of stealing from a bank using violence

Bank robbery is the crime of stealing money from a bank, specifically while bank employees and customers are subjected to force, violence, or a threat of violence. This refers to robbery of a bank branch or teller, as opposed to other bank-owned property, such as a train, armored car, or (historically) stagecoach. It is a federal crime in the United States.

<i>The Newton Boys</i>

The Newton Boys is a 1998 American comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Richard Linklater. It is based on the true story of the Newton Gang, a family of bank robbers from Uvalde, Texas. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, who was actually born in Uvalde, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Dwight Yoakam. It was filmed throughout Texas including the towns of Bertram, Austin, Bartlett, New Braunfels, and San Antonio.

<i>Pusher</i> (1996 film)

Pusher is a 1996 Danish crime thriller film co-written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, in his film debut. A commercial success considered to be influential in Danish film history, it marked Mads Mikkelsen's film debut.

Dejan Cukić

Dejan Cukić is a Serbian rock musician, journalist, writer and translator.

<i>My Wife Is a Gangster 2</i>

My Wife is a Gangster 2: The Return Fable is a 2003 South Korean film. It is the sequel to My Wife is a Gangster and is itself followed by My Wife Is a Gangster 3.

<i>Running Out of Time</i> (1999 film)

Running Out of Time is a 1999 Hong Kong action thriller film produced and directed by Johnnie To and starring Andy Lau as a cancer-ridden criminal who challenges a police negotiator, played by Lau Ching-wan, to a 72-hour battle of wits and courage. Andy Lau won his first Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor in 2000 for his performance in the film. The film was followed by a sequel, Running Out of Time 2, which was released in 2001.

<i>Old Men in New Cars</i>

Old Men in New Cars, (2002) is a Danish action comedy film directed by Lasse Spang Olsen. The movie stars Kim Bodnia, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and Tomas Villum Jensen. It is a prequel to Olsen's 1999 comedy In China They Eat Dogs.

Kim Bodnia Danish actor, writer, and director

Kim Bodnia is a Danish actor, writer, and director. He became widely known for his role as police detective Martin Rohde in the Scandinavian crime drama series The Bridge. He became internationally known for his lead role as the drug dealer "Frank" in Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 directorial debut Pusher. Today he is best known as Konstantin in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's 2018 BBC America spy thriller TV series Killing Eve.

<i>The Olsen Gang in a Fix</i> 1969 film

The Olsen Gang in a Fix is a 1969 Danish comedy film directed by Erik Balling and starring Ove Sprogøe. The film was the second in the Olsen-banden-series.

<i>Gehri Chaal</i>

Gehri Chaal is a 1973 Indian Hindi-language action-thriller film, produced and directed by C. V. Sridhar under the Chithrakala Pictures banner. It stars Jeetendra, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan and music composed by Laxmikant–Pyarelal. The director remade the movie in Tamil in 1975 as Vaira Nenjam.

Martin Spang Olsen

Martin Spang Olsen is primarily known in Denmark as a lecturer, stuntman, stunt coordinator, writer and actor. But in addition to this, he has supported himself as a philosopher, painter, health and physique expert, composer, futurist, religion historian, concept developer, fight instructor and fight choreographer, musician, singer, songwriter, coach and consultant for the corporate world.

<i>The Bridge</i> (2011 TV series)

The Bridge is a Nordic noir crime television series created and written by Hans Rosenfeldt. A joint creative and financed production between Sweden's Sveriges Television and Denmark's Danmarks Radio, it has been shown in more than 100 countries.

LasseMajas detektivbyrå was the 2006 SVT Christmas calendar broadcast 1–24 December 2006 in Sveriges Television. The TV series, which was based on the book series LasseMajas detektivbyrå by Martin Widmark and Helena Willis, takes place in Lasse's and Maja's home town Valleby. It was recorded in Sveriges Television studios during the spring of 2006.

The Collector is a 2004 Danish action film directed by Lasse Spang Olsen.

<i>Easy Money III: Life Deluxe</i>

Easy Money III: Life Deluxe is a 2013 Swedish thriller film directed by Jens Jonsson, based on the novel Livet Deluxe by Jens Lapidus. The film is the third installment in the Easy Money film series, following Easy Money and Easy Money II: Hard to Kill. Matias Varela and Joel Kinnaman reprise their roles as career criminal Jorge and business student turned convict JW, respectively, alongside returning cast members Dejan Čukić and Madeleine Martin and series newcomers Martin Wallström and Malin Buska. Set after the events of the second film, Easy Money III: Life Deluxe continues the stories of Jorge, JW, and the Serbian mob as their paths intertwine through their criminal activities.

Astrid Lindgren’s plays are a number of theater plays written by Astrid Lindgren in the 1940s to 1970s. Part of the plays are based on her books, other stories were only written for theater. Since almost all of Astrid Lindgren's works have been staged for theater, this page only deals with the plays, whose scripts were written by Astrid Lindgren. Many of these works were published in the Swedish books Sex Pjäser för barn och ungdom (1950), Serverat, Ers Majestät! (1955) and Praeser för barn och ungdom. Other Samlingen (1968). Most of these works have not been translated into English. These include stories about well-known characters such as Kalle Blomquist or Pippi Longstocking, which were only written for the theater and were not published as prose.

The Andrew Road triple murders was a case of robbery-turned triple murder that occurred in a bungalow house at Andrew Road, Singapore, in 1983. The robbery was committed by two young men armed with a rifle and knife. During the robbery, one of the robbers murdered three of the five hostages while the other protected the remaining two hostages from his partner. Eventually, both were arrested and charged with murder, though it would end in the killer hanged while the other, who did not take part in the killings, getting life and caning for armed robbery. It was also further revealed in police investigations that the killer, Sek Kim Wah, was also responsible for an unrelated double murder of two more victims, whom he killed using the same modus operandi as for the Andrew Road victims, making him a serial killer.

<i>Murderous Trance</i>

Murderous Trance is a psychological thriller film written and directed by Arto Halonen and starring Pilou Asbæk, Josh Lucas, Rade Šerbedžija, Cyron Melville and Sara Soulié. It is based on a true story about the astonishing hypnosis murders that took place in Denmark in the 1950s. The hypnosis murders is the only known case when the court has been able to prove a hypnotizer guilty and sentence him for hypnotizing someone else to commit a crime.


  1. Mark Deming (2012). "New York Times". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times . Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2017-02-09.