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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)

Writer:

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.

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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:

1.85 : 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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Brilliant realism
22 November 2004 | by chinpengSee all my reviews

The camera-work in this film is unbelievable. I haven't seen many films from Vietnam but this one is undoubtedly the best. Cinematography is top notch. Some of the photography is mind-boggling. Xich lo is about a young bicycle taxi driver from a poor family who becomes involved in gang activities after his taxi is stolen and his options are limited. The 123 minutes of the film give time for good character development. The gang's lieutenant, Poet, is a ruthless criminal who rarely speaks and is troubled his bad childhood and a recurring nosebleed problem. Madame is the wise leader with a retarded son, Fishmouth. Every character in the story is human, each with their own problems. I am not familiar with the filmmakers' other works so I don't know if there are any political or social messages contained in this film, but one shot of a wealthy, clean development late in the film is shown in sharp contrast to the dirty and violent world that we see in the rest of the film.

My only criticism of this is the pace.. it dragged slightly at a few points, and these seemed to be included in the final cut for the poetry and songs contained in them. I give this film a 10 in the end. Highly recommended.


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