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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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Everything just right 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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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Everything just right, 12 October 2002
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

Too long? Don't be absurd: there's not a single moment that could profitably have been cut. The details of Beijing life we see may or may not "develop character" or "advance the story", but they're worth watching all by themselves, and Wang only includes those details which he correctly senses are not out of place. This is a film as sturdily and artfully made as the bicycle of the title, and it's simply a pleasure - a rare pleasure, unfortunately - to see dialogue, images, music and incidental sound fitting together so nicely. The long stretches with no dialogue at all are as communicative as they need to be and anything but contrived. I probably wouldn't even have noticed them if it hadn't been for the fact that I didn't speak Mandarin and was thus relieved not to have to read subtitles.

It's amazing how much Wang manages to convey in what is, after all, a very short time (just 113 minutes). I even got a sense of why so many people were willing to align themselves with Qin (the one who either stole the bicycle from Guo or bought it from the real thief with stolen money - we're never entirely certain), even though he comes across as perhaps the least worthwhile person in the world. When his friends offer to help him retrieve the bicycle - and later on, as they try to retrieve it - they have the air of people who know they're in the wrong, who are trying to justify their mistaken decision to waste energy on the wrong person by wasting still more energy. We get a similar sense from Qin's suitor, Xiao, and even from Qin's family. We get a strong sense of the society in which all of these people live and of how the world must appeal to them.

And even though there may be no "closure" at the end - although I don't know what "closure" is and I suspect that people who use the word probably don't either - few films are quite as satisfying.

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