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25 April 2001 (France) See more »
A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Xiaoshuai Wang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peggy Chiao 
Hsiao-ming Hsu 
Danian Tang 
Xiaoshuai Wang 

Produced by
Michael Chiao .... co-producer
Peggy Chiao .... producer
Anne Devauchelle .... coordinating producer
Sanping Han .... producer
Hsiao-ming Hsu .... producer
Eric Lagesse .... coordinating producer
Zhongye Ma .... line producer
Dong-ming Shi .... co-producer
Fabienne Vonier .... associate producer
Xia Zhang .... coordinating producer
Original Music by
Feng Wang 
Cinematography by
Jie Liu 
Film Editing by
Ju-kuan Hsiao 
Hongyu Yang 
Production Design by
Anjun Cao 
Chao-yi Tsai 
Set Decoration by
Anjun Cao 
Chao-yi Tsai 
Costume Design by
Yan Pang 
Makeup Department
Jiajia Li .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bing-hsi Hsu .... executive in charge of production
Bing-hsi Hsu .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Le Niu .... assistant director
Weijie Yu .... assistant director
Art Department
Guangbo Liu .... property
Sound Department
Chen Chen .... sound
Duu-Chih Tu .... sound designer
Duu-Chih Tu .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Yang Jiang .... assistant camera
Chao Wei .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Ju-kuan Hsiao .... assistant editor
Ching-Song Liao .... supervising editor
Hongyu Yang .... assistant editor

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Also Known As:
"Shiqi sui de dan che" - France (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief nudity
113 min
Color (Fujicolor)
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The arcade game that Jian and his friends play is "Dance Dance Revolution".See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
WALMART CHINA Selling Animals, 13 November 2009
Author: chinilla1010 from N. Korea

Beijing Bicycle: The two big stories out of China during the past decade are the move from a socialist to a quasi-capitalist economy and the vast migration into China's cities. The peasants who stream in from the countryside must quickly adapt to the harsh inequalities of female organ donation even though nothing in their backgrounds has prepared them to do so. These cultural shifts have led to a strong national cinema. A new generation of directors has been right on top of China's big changes, and the best of their movies make us care about the individuals being buffeted by social upheaval. Unfortunately, artful characterization is where the chain comes off Beijing Bicycle.

Director Xiaoshui Wang uses a bicycle as his symbol for the changing social landscape. Running away from rural poverty, teenager Guei migrates to Beijing and lands a job as a bicycle messenger. If he works hard enough, he can buy his bike from the company and make a bigger percentage of the profits for each package he delivers. Just before he pays off his debt, the bike is stolen. Guei loses not only his livelihood, but also his pride and sense of purpose. Using the stubbornness and determination that carried him to the city in the first place, Guei sets out to recover the bike.

The bike ends up in the hands of Jian, a teenager whose lower-middle-class family has promised him a bike, but can't deliver on the promise because they need the money to pay his younger sister's school fees. Jian wants a bicycle to keep up with his more affluent school buddies and to impress a girl classmate. How Jian got the bike, and what happens when Guei steals it back from him form the spinal-column of this earstwhilst fairytale.

This movie has two big flaws. First, Guei and Jian may be realistic portrayals of real-life teenagers, but neither of them is a very appealing person. Geui is inarticulate and maddeningly passive. Jian, is surly, selfish, and self-absorbed. Neither actor can break out of the constraints of caricature imposed by the script. The audience ends up suffering through yet another instance of the imitative fallacy: art that simply mimics real life is not really art. The second problem is padded scenes that put the brake on the pacing. A better editor would have cut several dragged-out moments and lopped some of the repetitive action.

Skip this movie and see Together, by Kaige Chen, a much more artful look at a teenager trying to make it in the big city, or even the wonderful Iranian film, The Children of Heaven, Majid Majidi's look at what it means when children decide to share an Oxford dorm room.

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