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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
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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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Ren xiao yao  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$8,103 (USA) (4 April 2003)
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Insipid
19 March 2004 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

The title of this film is a fitting description of its entertainment value. The story is a kind of lame social statement about creeping Westernism in China as viewed from the slums. However, the story is so trite, so cliche, so thin, and something we've already been through with Japan in a slew of films, it can't overcome the perfectly awful production value, poor quality of execution, and time wasting filler. The litnay of deficits is too long for this forum. But, for those who may want to give "Unknown Pleasures" a try on DVD, be advised that the DVD I watched had no CC and the default setting for subtitles was *** (three asterisks) and "off". English language subtitles did appear, however, after switching to "on" even through the *** generally means no subtitles available. FYI. (C-)


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