The Chinese Man
Some crimes can never be forgiven…
On a frosty day in January 2006 the police in Sweden makes a cruel discovery. 19 people were found hacked to death in a little village. They suspect a maniac behind the bestial act. When Judge Birgitta Roslin hears about the crime she immediately knows that her parents are among the victims. Still more: all the murder victims were related to her in some way or another. She realizes that the police is on the wrong track and starts investigating on her own. Her search takes her all the way to Beijing where she hits upon the unscrupulous machinations of the ruling elite. She also uncovers murders from over 160 years ago which seem to be connected to the psychopath mass murderer and her own family.
The Chinese Man is a production of Lucky Bird Pictures in Munich (producers: Oliver Schündler and Boris Ausserer) in co-production with Lotus Film Vienna (producers: Erich Lackner and Peter Wirthensohn), Yellow Bird Sweden (producer: Mikael Wallén) and ARD Degeto for ARD and ORF. It is subsidized by the Austrian Film Subsidy Board and the Film Subsidy Authority of Lower Austria and supported by the MEDIA program of the European Union. Program Executives include Hans-Wolfgang Jurgan (ARD Degeto), Klaus Lintschinger and Sabine Weber (ORF). Beta Film launched worldwide distribution of this TV event at MipTV 2011.
Runtime2 x 90 Min
BroadcasterARD Degeto / ORF
Commissioning EditorARD Degeto: Hans-Wolfgang Jurgan; ORF: Sabine Weber, Dr. Klaus Lintschinger
ScriptwriterLéonie-Claire Breindersdorfer, Fred Breinersdorfer
Based onDer Chinese (Henning Mankell)
CastSuzanne von Borsody, Michael Nyqvist, Claudia Michelsen, Amy J. Cheng, Jimmy Taenaka, August Schmölzer, Joachim Bißmeier, Karlheinz Hackl
ProducersOliver Schündler, Boris Ausserer
Co-producersLotus Film: Erich Lackner, Peter Wirthensohn; Yellow Bird Schweden: Mikael Wallén
World salesBeta Film