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Unknown Pleasures (2002)
"Ren xiao yao" (original title)

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Two unemployed Chinese teenagers have trouble resisting the temptations of the Western world.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Wei Wei Zhao ...
Bin Bin
Qiong Wu ...
Xiao Ji
...
Qiao Qiao
Qing Feng Zhou ...
Yuan Yuan
Hongwei Wang ...
Xiao Wu
Ru Bai ...
Bin Bin's mother
Xi An Liu ...
Xiao Ji's father
Shou Lin Xu ...
Sister Zhu
Ren Ai Jun ...
Hairdresser
Dao Xiao ...
Mr. Ren
Zi Ying ...
Concubine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zhubin Li ...
Qiao San
Ai Jun Ren ...
The Hairdresser
Limin Wang ...
The Karaoke Customer (as Wang Li Min)
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Storyline

Two unemployed slackers, neither with job prospects nor motivation, hang out in sheltered town in China trying to make sense of their aimless and uncertain futures. As youths, they struggle for individual freedom and the social responsibility that comes along with it. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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22 January 2003 (France)  »

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$1,918 (USA) (4 April 2003)

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$8,103 (USA) (4 April 2003)
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Mandarin title refers to a song by Richie Ren See more »

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Subtly brilliant
3 June 2004 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

Unknown Pleasures is a fantastic film, but not one I would recommend to my friends. When you're used to seeing Hollywood film-making, it's difficult to watch a Chinese movie that makes other indy films look glitzy.

This is not a film that reaches out and grabs you. The camera keeps an unemotional distance from the characters at first, and only through the use of repetition and extended, unedited shots, does the filmmaker draw the viewer's attention to the subtle details which make this film so powerful.

The main characters dream in a world of American pop-culture and pro-Chinese propaganda, but the camera captures their bleak existence with devastating realism. Through his rejection of western cinematic techniques, the director brings this film brilliantly to life. Yet, for this very reason, many viewers will find it boring.


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