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

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$8,103 (USA) (4 April 2003)
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Expecting much more
9 July 2004 | by (Ny, Ny) – See all my reviews

I don't recall where I read a favorable review of this art film, but if I did I would make sure I don't rent anything else they recommend. This film went nowhere. Two Chinese boys with no motivation. They don't take any risks really, and neither do the filmmakers. I was not left with any particular emotion or thought. Photographically it was OK. Perhaps the filmmaker was going for Bergman type effect of portraying emotional emptiness. And maybe its a cultural translation I'm not getting.

Saw parts of China not seen before - the more urban dirty landscape.. So that was a plus. I liked the girl. Her character had the most um, character.


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