The Message (2009 film)

The Message (Chinese: 风声; pinyin: Fēngshēng, literally "Sound of the Wind") is a 2009 espionage thriller set in 1942 Nanking, featuring a cast of top Chinese stars. The film was adapted from Mai Jia's 2007 novel, The Message (Chinese: 风声; pinyin: Fēngshēng), and was co-directed by Chen Kuo-fu and Gao Qunshu.

The Message
Directed byChen Kuo-fu
Gao Qunshu
Written byChen Kuo-fu
Zhang Jialu
Based onThe Message
by Mai Jia
Produced byChen Kuo-fu
Wang Zhongjun
Wang Zhonglei
StarringZhou Xun
Li Bingbing
Zhang Hanyu
Huang Xiaoming
Alec Su
CinematographyJake Pollock
Edited byYang Xiao
Music byMichiru Oshima
Distributed byHuayi Brothers
Release date
  • September 30, 2009 (2009-09-30)
Running time
118 minutes
Budget$7 million
Box officeCN¥205.2 million

Despite being a blockbuster, The Message has received extensive critical praise and was nominated for a total of thirteen awards at the 2009 Golden Horse Film Festival, 2010 Asian Film Awards, 2010 Hong Kong Film Awards, and 2010 Hundred Flowers Awards. It won the best film award at 17th Beijing University Student Film Festival.[1] Li Bingbing won the Best Leading Actress Award at the 46th Golden Horse Film Awards for her role as the code-breaker chief in this movie.[2]


April 26, 1940, former Nationalist vice president Wang Jingwei made peace with Japan and set up a Japanese-supported regime during World War II, a puppet government in Nanking. Oct 10, during an anniversary ceremony of the government, a Wang government high official was assassinated, the last in a series of such attacks. Taketa (Huang Xiaoming), chief intelligence officer of the Japanese Imperial Army, believed that it was an action of an underground anti-Japan group and that there was a mole, nicknamed "Old Ghost" (aka The Phantom) inside the Wang government's Anti-Communist Command.

Determined to catch the mole, Taketa sends out a telegram with false information about an opportunity to assassinate a high-ranking officer. When it is apparent that the underground group knows its contents, he arrests the five personnel who saw the telegram, bringing them to the closely guarded fortress Qiu Castle for interrogation. They are: (1) Anti-Communist squad captain Wu Zhiguo (Zhang Hanyu), (2) Bai Xiaonian (Su Youpeng), an aide to the commander, (3) chief telegraph decoder Li Ningyu (Li Bingbing), (4) mailroom staff Gu Xiaomeng (Zhou Xun), and (5) military intelligence director Jin Shenghuo (Ying Da)

Taketa (Huang Xiaoming) and Wang Government's intelligence chief Wang Tianxiang (Wang Zhiwen) need to identify "Old Ghost" in five days. After the suspects are tormented by constant interrogations, they began informing against each other for their own survival. Increasingly horrific physical tortures are used as the interrogators become impatient, while the tormented suspects come close to losing their sanity. A tense game of "cat and mouse" ensues as the Chinese espionage agent attempts to send out a crucial message while protecting their own identity.[3][4][5]


Main castEdit

Supporting castEdit

  • Ai Dai
  • Liu Jiajia
  • Liu Weiwei
  • Shi Zhaoqi
  • Wu Gang
  • Zhu Xu
  • Zhang Yibai
  • Duan Yihong
  • Ni Dahong


The film earned CN¥205.195 million at the Chinese box office.[6]


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  2. ^ "第46届台湾金马奖". 娱乐 凤凰网 (in Chinese).
  3. ^ Internet Movie Database. "The Message (2009)". Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  4. ^ TV Synopsis [1] Archived 2012-01-29 at the Wayback Machine. "The Message (2009)". Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  5. ^ "The Message or Feng sheng (2009)". January 29, 2012.
  6. ^ "风声(2009)". (in Chinese). Retrieved October 17, 2015.

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