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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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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
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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief nudity
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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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
aphasia of the floating population, 17 February 2006
Author: huangyiju (huangyiju@hotmail.com) from United States

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.

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