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22 January 2003 (France) See more »
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Two unemployed Chinese teenagers have trouble resisting the temptations of the Western world. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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(3 articles)
Refn, Coppola on Cannes jury
 (From ScreenDaily. 28 April 2014, 3:35 AM, PDT)

Cannes 2013. Consistency In a Filmmaker's World: Jia Zhangke's "A Touch of Sin"
 (From MUBI. 16 May 2013, 12:45 PM, PDT)

Locarno fest honors Jia Zhang-ke
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 8 June 2010, 5:00 AM, PDT)

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Cast

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Wei Wei Zhao ... Bin Bin
Qiong Wu ... Xiao Ji

Tao Zhao ... 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)

Zhangke Jia ... Man singing in street (uncredited)
Juan Antonio Samaranch ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Zhangke Jia  (as ZhangKe Jia)
 
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Zhangke Jia 

Produced by
Keung Chow .... associate producer
Shozo Ichiyama .... producer
Kit Ming Li .... producer
Masayuki Mori .... executive producer
Fumiko Osaka .... associate producer
Hengameh Panahi .... executive producer
Yuji Sadai .... co-producer
Paul Yi .... executive producer
Nelson Yu Lik-wai .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Nelson Yu Lik-wai  (as Lik Wai Yu)
 
Film Editing by
Keung Chow 
 
Production Design by
Jing Dong Liang 
 
Art Direction by
Jing Dong Liang 
 
Sound Department
Bing Han .... sound editor
Yang Zhang .... sound
 
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Serge Anthony .... color grader
 

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Also Known As:
"Ren xiao yao" - South Korea (original title)
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France:113 min (Cannes Film Festival) | Japan:112 min
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Mandarin title refers to a song by Richie RenSee more »
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References The Mirror (1975)See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Subtly brilliant, 3 June 2004
Author: Rich from Ottawa

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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