In China They Eat Dogs

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.

In China They Eat Dogs
Directed byLasse Spang Olsen
Produced bySteen Herdel
Written byAnders Thomas Jensen
StarringKim Bodnia
Dejan Čukić
Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Tomas Villum Jensen
Music byGeorge Keller
Edited byLasse Spang Olsen
Distributed byScanbox
TLA Releasing
Release date
  • 10 September 1999 (1999-09-10)
Running time
91 min


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.


  1. ^ "New York Times". Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2017-02-09.

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