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Beijing Bicycle (2001)

Shiqi sui de dan che (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 25 April 2001 (France)
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A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age.

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Xiaoshuai Wang
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lin Cui Lin Cui ... Guo Liangui (as Cui Lin)
Bin Li Bin Li ... Jian
Xun Zhou ... Qin
Yuanyuan Gao ... Xiao
Shuang Li Shuang Li ... Da Huan
Yiwei Zhao Yiwei Zhao ... Father
Yan Pang Yan Pang ... Mother
Fangfei Zhou Fangfei Zhou ... Rongrong
Jian Xie Jian Xie ... Manager
Yuhong Ma Yuhong Ma ... Accountant
Lei Liu Lei Liu ... Mantis
Mengnan Li Mengnan Li ... Qiu Sheng
Jian Li Jian Li ... Jian's Classmate
Yang Zhang Yang Zhang ... Jian's Classmate
Yuzhong Wang Yuzhong Wang ... Jian's Classmate
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Storyline

Beijing: young men in packs, machismo, class divisions, violence, and indifference. Guei arrives from the country: toothbrushes, hotel foyers, and Qin, a rich neighbor in high heels, dazzle him. He gets a job as a messenger. The company issues him a bike, which he must pay for out of his wages. When it is stolen, Guei hunts for it. A student, Jian, has it; for him, it's the key to teen society - with his pals and with Xiao, a girl he fancies. Guei finds the bike and stubbornly tries to reclaim it in the face of great odds. But for Jian to lose the bike would mean humiliation. The two young men - and the people around them - are swept up in the youths' desperation. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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hotel | courier | student | boy | messenger | See All (94) »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Taiwan | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

25 April 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Beijing Bicycle See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,883, 27 January 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$158,779
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The arcade game that Jian and his friends play is "Dance Dance Revolution". See more »

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incredibly frustrating
26 August 2003 | by sinistre1111See all my reviews

I don't care what this film may have to say about the class struggle in Beijing-that entire aspect of the film being way too obviously stated for my taste. I was more concerned with my struggle to stay interested in what was happening. Back and forth, back and forth with the damn bicycle. Nobody speaks up when you want them to, and no one asks the question your mind is screaming in any given scene. All the characters behave inexplicably to the point of exasperating the viewer. Now I love a lot of potentially frustrating films (Neighbors, for example), and I'm not one to demand payoff out of hand. I can roll with films and see where they take me. But this one was taking me down aggravation alley. Beijing Bicycle looks good, and the writing is reasonably clever, so on the surface it makes a good 'import'-many will profess to have been deeply moved, but I'm not buying. Skip this one, but for a similar tale with leagues more depth, see Cyclo.


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