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Xiao Wu (1998)

Unrated | | Drama | 13 January 1999 (France)
A love story between a pocket thief and a hooker.


Zhangke Jia


Zhangke Jia
8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Hongwei Wang Hongwei Wang ... Xiao Wu
Hongjian Hao Hongjian Hao ... Mei Mei
Baitao Zuo Baitao Zuo
Ma Jinrei Ma Jinrei
Liu Junying Liu Junying
Yonghao Liang Yonghao Liang
An Qunyan An Qunyan
Dongdong Jiang Dongdong Jiang
Long Zhao Long Zhao
Reiren Wang Reiren Wang
Jinfeng Gao Jinfeng Gao
Li Renzhu Li Renzhu
Wu Juan Wu Juan
Ji Jinshu Ji Jinshu
Zhaorui Ren Zhaorui Ren
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Little pocket thief Wu never got away from the streets like his friends did. He realises that he is alone, as his old buddy doesn't invite him for his wedding. When he falls in love with a hooker he is forced to think about his future. Can he break with his criminal past? Written by ZOO-9 <b.vanrijnsoever@student.kun.nl>

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25 November 2019 | by garveyxinSee all my reviews

Couldn't fall asleep last night. This kind of theme that is related to the marginal group, alienation and loneliness really attracts me. The characters were built very well. It would be hard to imagine how they could create such a role without a prototype. I'm happy to see that there are some people who want to tell the story about the people from marginal group. If we hadn't gotten such an observation channel, it would have been very likely that they would only have a stereotypical impression based on what they did. However, when i saw the situation where they were living, i felt a strong sense of powerlessness. Maybe everyone has his or her own fate. A good society should allow people like Xiaowu to live more decent though.

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13 January 1999 (France) See more »

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