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Shiqi sui de dan che
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25 April 2001 (France) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Complexity in Several Layers See more (46 total) »

Cast

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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
Liu Jie  (as 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
Du-Che Tu .... sound designer
Du-Che 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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief nudity
Runtime:
113 min
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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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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Complexity in Several Layers, 28 April 2002

"Beijing Bicycle" has a superficial similarity to "The Bicycle Thief," a true classic, but it presents a darker and deeper story. Set in Beijing it tracks the efforts of a young man from the countryside to find his self-sufficient place in a bustling and rawly energetic city. For him, obtaining a position as a bicycle messenger for a company serving the commercial firms of the city seems to be a satisfactory end, not a beginning as it probably would be were this film set in a Western metropolis.

For a New Yorker, where bicycle messengers are simultaneously often hated and frequently and with good measure feared, the operation of the Beijing counterpart, with messengers uniformly attired and equipped with identical mountain bikes, is both strange and familiar.

Central to the film is the theft of the coveted bicycle one day before it would become the personal property of the messenger (the company's scheme allows employees to earn ownership after what appears to be a short period of service). The bike turns up in the hands of a post-high school youth, part of a loose gang of bicycle worshipers. Much of the story revolves around the subsequent relay race of seizures of the bike with attendant and escalating violence.

The intensity of the competition between two young men for the bike reflects its importance not only economically (bikes appear in huge numbers in wide shots of broad avenues and busy streets) but also personally. These young men probably don't even have nocturnal fantasies of car ownership.

A wary but real bond develops between the suitors for bike ownership and the violence that engulfs them is palpably real and painful to watch. There is no real resolution for either of them it seems.

"Beijing Bicycle" would have benefited from some judicious editing and the deletion of an extraneous secondary story line (or two) that detracts from the main tale. The score is very nice and the acting strong. This is not the Beijing of Tianamen Square or of the flourishing fast food outlets. It is, however, a Beijing that has a number of striking similarities to neighborhoods known to many of us. And in that lies the film's interest and attractiveness.

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