China's Film-makers Depict Winter

Hidden Man (2018)

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Hidden Man (2018)

IMDb rating: 6.4/10

Hidden Man a 2018 Chinese action comedy film starring Eddie Peng, Liao Fan, Jiang Wen, Zhou Yun, and Xu Qing. It is an adaptation of Zhang Beihai's wuxia or martial arts novel Xia Yin.

On the cusp of the Second Sino-Japanese War, a spy returns to China set on revenge, but finds himself plunged into a high-stakes game of intrigue, love, and scheming. The film is actor-director Jiang Wen's energetic follow-up to Let the Bullets Fly (2010) and Gone with the Bullets (2014).

Chinese-Canadian superstar Eddie Peng plays Li with a charm that recalls Bruce Lee. [Photo/IMDb]
Xie Bu Ya Zheng’s talky standoffs and visceral violence suggest a Chinese equivalent of Quentin Tarantino's  Inglourious Basterds. [Photo/still frame of the film]

Hidden Man was mostly shot in Gubei Water Town, Beijing.

Situated in Gubeikou town of Beijing’s Miyun district, Gubei Water Town surrounds the beautiful Mandarin Duck Lake Reservoir and leans against the Simatai Great Wall, the most dangerous and majestic section of the entire Great Wall.

Regarded as ‘Wuzhen in Beijing’, Gubei Water Town boasts a combination of mountains, water and ancient villages. [Photo/sipaphoto]

The town is characterized by the northern architectural style, and the history and culture of the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and the Republic of China (1912-49) period.

Most buildings are reconstructed in the traditional courtyard style. Based on five ancient villages and a water resource, the water town has developed into a large-scale sightseeing and holiday destination.

Covering an area of 3.5 square miles (9 square kilometers), the holiday resort includes two scenic spots, Gubei Water Town and the Simatai Great Wall.

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