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Cyclo (1995)

Xích lô (original title)
A young man who struggles through life by earning some money with his bicycle-taxi in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) gets contact to a group of criminals. They introduce him to the mafia-world ... See full summary »

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Anh Hung Tran (as Tran Anh Hung)

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Anh Hung Tran (as Tran Anh Hung)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Le Van Loc Le Van Loc ... Cyclo
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Poet (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Nu Yên-Khê Tran Nu Yên-Khê Tran ... Sister (as Tran Nu Yên-Khê)
Nhu Quynh Nguyen ... Madam
Hoang Phuc Nguyen Hoang Phuc Nguyen ... Tooth
Ngo Vu Quang Hal Ngo Vu Quang Hal ... Knife
Tuyet Ngan Nguyen Tuyet Ngan Nguyen ... Happy Woman
Doan Viet Ha Doan Viet Ha ... Sad Woman
Bjuhoang Huy Bjuhoang Huy ... Crazy Son
Vo Vinh Phuc Vo Vinh Phuc ... Cyclo's Friend
Le Kinh Huy Le Kinh Huy ... Grandfather
Pham Ngoc Lieu Pham Ngoc Lieu ... Little Sister
Tuân Anh Lê Tuân Anh Lê ... Handcuff Man
Le Cong Tuan Anh Le Cong Tuan Anh ... Drunken Dancer
Van Day Nguyen Van Day Nguyen ... Lullaby Man
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Storyline

A young man who struggles through life by earning some money with his bicycle-taxi in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) gets contact to a group of criminals. They introduce him to the mafia-world of drugs and crime. Written by Volker Boehm

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From the director of the Academy Award Nominated film "The Scent of Green Papaya" comes a shocking new vision of beauty, passion and power.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Vietnam | France | Hong Kong

Language:

Vietnamese

Release Date:

2 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cyclo See more »

Filming Locations:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,109, 4 August 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$82,620, 11 August 1996
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Made and banned in Vietnam. Criticised as too 'westernised' in its gritty and unrelenting portrayal of urban poverty in the country. The film has nevertheless received international acclaim, winning the Golden Lion Award in Venice in 1995. See more »

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Referenced in Dog Park (1998) See more »

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Just a masterpiece of cinematography
31 August 2001 | by Michael-269See all my reviews

I've seen this movie for several times, and can't get enough of it. There are a lot of reviews here, I mostly can agree with (redanit and others). So I will just add some thoughts of mine. The camerawork, composition, acting and plot(s) are all absolutely exceptional, the (Vietnamese) cultural aspects about family (father-mother-child) are omni-present (mentioned by redanit, also "the egg"); HCMC is a really captivating,noisy and ugly city in this movie, but Tran Anh Hung also shows the "other side" of Vietnam in his new one, "À la verticale de l'été", again on family and relation. Tran Anh Hung has created a real masterpiece with Cyclo (Xich-Lo), worth 10 for sure ! See it and you will know why Vietnam has banned this one !


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