MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,269 this week

Beijing Bicycle (2001)
"Shiqi sui de dan che" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  25 April 2001 (France)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 3,682 users   Metascore: 61/100
Reviews: 46 user | 58 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 26 Aug 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 05 Feb 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 04 Mar 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 07 Jan 2014
 
a list of 35 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Beijing Bicycle" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Beijing Bicycle (2001)

Beijing Bicycle (2001) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Beijing Bicycle.
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Pick Pocket (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Little pocket thief Wu never got away from the streets like his friends did. He realises that he is alone, as his old buddy doesn't invite him for his wedding. When he falls in love with a ... See full summary »

Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Hongwei Wang, Hao Hongjian, Baitao Zuo
Summer Palace (2006)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Country girl Yu Hong leaves her village, her family and her lover to study in Beijing. At university, she discovers an intense world of sexual freedom and forbidden pleasure. Enraptured, ... See full summary »

Director: Ye Lou
Stars: Lei Hao, Xiaodong Guo, Xueyun Bai
The Blue Kite (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

On Dry Well Lane in Beijing in 1953, Chen Shujuan and Lin Shaolong marry. A year later their son, nicknamed Tietou (Iron Head), is born. The Party is everywhere: Mao's photograph, ... See full summary »

Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian
Stars: Tian Yi, Wenyao Zhang, Xiaoman Chen
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A story of four teenagers during Cultural Revolution in Beijing.

Director: Wen Jiang
Stars: Yu Xia, Xiaogang Feng, Le Geng
Stolen Life (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When Yan'ni starts college she believes she is embarking on a new life away from her family-and she is, but not the new beginning she anticipates. Once at school, she immediately meets Muyu... See full summary »

Director: Shaohong Li
Stars: Ming Cai, Xiaoming Su, Jun Wu
Blind Shaft (2003)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two Chinese coal miners have hit upon the perfect scam: murder one of their fellow mine workers, make the death look like an accident, and extort money from the boss to keep the incident ... See full summary »

Director: Yang Li
Stars: Qiang Li, Baoqiang Wang, Shuangbao Wang
To Live (1994)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry. Addicted to gambling, Fugui loses everything. In the years that ... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: You Ge, Li Gong, Ben Niu
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two unemployed Chinese teenagers have trouble resisting the temptations of the Western world.

Director: Zhangke Jia
Stars: Wei Wei Zhao, Qiong Wu, Tao Zhao
Jidu hanleng (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young performance artist decides to make his own suicide his last work of art. On the longest day of the year, he plans to melt a huge block of ice with his own body heat and die of ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
Stars: Hongshen Jia, Xiaoqing Ma, Yu Bai
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lin, a sea captain, returns from a 6 month journey when he is told that his 25-year-old son Lin Bo has been gunned down by the police. In his quest to understand what happened, he realizes ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
Stars: Bingbing Fan, Feier Li, Hao Qin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Jiang Wen stars in his third directorial work that boasts a stellar cast including Joan Chen, Anthony Wong and Jaycee Chan. A polyptych of interconnected stories in different time-zones, ... See full summary »

Director: Wen Jiang
Stars: Wen Jiang, Joan Chen, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong
Peacock (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

China in the late 1970s and early 1980s: the life of an ordinary working family as seen through its three siblings.

Director: Changwei Gu
Stars: Jing An, Li Feng, Changwei Gu
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lin Cui ...
Guo Liangui (as Cui Lin)
Bin Li ...
...
Qin
...
Shuang Li ...
Yiwei Zhao ...
Yan Pang ...
Fangfei Zhou ...
Jian Xie ...
Yuhong Ma ...
Lei Liu ...
Mengnan Li ...
Jian Li ...
Yang Zhang ...
Yuzhong Wang ...
Edit

Storyline

Beijing: young men in packs, machismo, class divisions, violence, and indifference. Guei arrives from the country: toothbrushes, hotel foyers, and Qin, a rich neighbor in high heels, dazzle him. He gets a job as a messenger. The company issues him a bike, which he must pay for out of his wages. When it is stolen, Guei hunts for it. A student, Jian, has it; for him, it's the key to teen society - with his pals and with Xiao, a girl he fancies. Guei finds the bike and stubbornly tries to reclaim it in the face of great odds. But for Jian to lose the bike would mean humiliation. The two young men - and the people around them - are swept up in the youths' desperation. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

hotel | courier | student | boy | messenger | See All (92) »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

25 April 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Beijing Bicycle  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$20,883 (USA) (25 January 2002)

Gross:

$157,279 (USA) (3 May 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The arcade game that Jian and his friends play is "Dance Dance Revolution". See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
aphasia of the floating population
17 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beijing Bicycle is certainly a layered movie that can be read at many levels. It ostensibly deals with a delicate and difficult subject that China confronts in its frenzied project of modernization: the floating population who lives on the edge of the city, the marginalized group that can no longer be glossed over in the grand narrative of urbanization. This floating population is the abjection, the cluster that can not be assimilated, the group being ruthlessly cast away but stubbornly clings on, and protests in silence; it is a disoriented group, usually incompatible to the ever-changing landscape of metropolitans; their voice is constantly being submerged in the hubbub of the sleepless cities. Indeed, the floating population is aphemic. What strikes me, frustrates me and saddens me is Gui's inability to communicate, to speak out, and to articulate for himself. (This is a little far off, but I was reminded of the similar frustration I had as a little girl when reading 'the little mermaid': if the mermaid has not given her voice away to the witch, she could tell the prince that it was she who saved him and wins his love.) Similar to the little mermaid, Gui could not speak up when he was wronged and abused. For instance, all Gui could convey to get his bicycle back is either his obstinate silence or his repeated sentence: "zhe che ben lai jiu shi wo de" (the bicycle is originally mine). His desperate, strident and continuous cry when being forced with violence by Jian's gang to let go off his bicycle is simply heart-breaking. Who is to blame for Gui's aphasia? Is it class division? Is it his own dislocation? Or is it the indifference of the city with its condescending atmosphere? The picture is definitely not black and white. The result of his aphasia, on the other hand, is more self-evident: at the end of the movie, Gui eventually turns to violence to break his silence… It is said that at least 60% of the crime that happens in Chinese cities comes from the floating population. They are suggested to be the root of the social problems. News reports constantly show how the innocent city folks are being hurt and robbed by those "the other" from the abjection, the floating population. Beijing Bicycle, however, attempts to approach this abjection, to speak up for those who do not speak for themselves, and allow us to sympathize with their plight.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lost a few Stars because... flagday53
Who cried? shaffeja
The Maid sigggyfreud
Xhao SugaSweetSymphny
So, did Jian actually steal the bike? shadow_arrowny
Bad direction? a-roast-chicken
Discuss Beijing Bicycle (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page