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Bus 44 (2001)

Che si shi si (original title)
On the outskirts of a small town, a bus driver and her passengers encounter highway robbers.

Director:

Dayyan Eng

Writer:

Dayyan Eng
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3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Beibi Gong ... The Bus Driver
Chao Wu Chao Wu ... The Young Man
Yixiang Li Yixiang Li ... Short Bandit (as Qiang Li)
Kui Zhou Kui Zhou ... Tall Bandit
Qing Sun Qing Sun ... Policeman #1
Jianxin Zhang Jianxin Zhang ... Policeman #2
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Storyline

The driver of the bus 44 stops the bus for a young man who tries to flirt with her, but she asks him to sit down. On her next stop, two thieves get on the bus and rob the passengers. One robber takes the bus driver to a nearby bush to rape her. The young man summons the other passengers to help the driver but nobody moves. The young man fights against one of the robbers but is stabbed on the leg. When the rapist releases the bus driver, she gets on the bus but does not allow the young man to get in. Why not, if he was the only person that tried to help her? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Short | Drama

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Gripping short film
10 September 2006 | by rickvb18See all my reviews

I was looking for more on this director after recently seeing his terrific feature length film "Waiting Alone". When I came across "Bus 44" I realized why there was such buzz about this short, and why it won so many prizes internationally! Though "Bus 44" is very different from "Waiting Alone" in style and content, it makes clear why this Dayyan Eng (aka "Wu Shixian") is recognized as a gifted writer and director. I won't go into details about the story--so that the subtle impact of the ending is not lessened--but just be ready to be surprised. Excellent acting by all the leads, especially the lovely Ms. Gong Beibi, and by the young man in the film, Wu Chao. Now that I've seen this, I trying to track down a copy of Director Eng's earlier award-winning short film "East 22nd Street" -- but I haven't had any luck yet. :-(


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Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Colordance Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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