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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$8,103 (USA) (4 April 2003)
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Murky account of contemporary China.
3 August 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Learning that this film is from the makers of the tedious PLATFORM is not encouraging and the new work has the same murky color and long, unedited shot coverage.

However this one benefits from the stronger narrative elements - nihilistic kids turn to crime as their ambitions are thwarted, no mating with the traveling show chantoosie or becoming a Beijing soldier - along with the detailed account of joyless small town Datong Province life in decaying buildings where finding a US dollar in the liquor bottle the entertainers are plugging represents sudden fortune.

In the line of BEIJING BASTARDS and less engaging that GE GE/ BROTHER which covers much the same ground, this still suggests that the Chinese cinema may be evolving a sub-surface layer of effective, critical entertainment.


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