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

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  25 April 2001 (France)
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A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age.


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


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 <>

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

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Release Date:

25 April 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Beijing Bicycle  »

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


$157,279 (USA) (3 May 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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The arcade game that Jian and his friends play is "Dance Dance Revolution". See more »

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Almost there...
7 September 2003 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

A bit irritating at times and certainly not a regular fare even for those used to Asian movies. The story revolves around ideas of going up the social ladder... about how material goods can change your status, and what can happen due to greed.

The main character a peasant from the countryside finds himself in the "wild" urban enviroment and all its impersonal aggresiveness. The big city is unforgiving. The way the main characters tend to react to otherwise incredibly hard situations with silence sure is different from western standards.

Overall a beautiful movie with some very good scenes... still slow at times and could have been better 7 in 10.

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