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Unknown Pleasures (2002)

Ren xiao yao (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 22 January 2003 (France)
Two unemployed Chinese teenagers have trouble resisting the temptations of the Western world.

Director:

Zhangke Jia (as ZhangKe Jia)

Writer:

Zhangke Jia
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Wei Wei Zhao Wei Wei Zhao ... Bin Bin
Qiong Wu Qiong Wu ... Xiao Ji
Tao Zhao ... Qiao Qiao
Qing Feng Zhou Qing Feng Zhou ... Yuan Yuan
Hongwei Wang Hongwei Wang ... Xiao Wu
Ru Bai Ru Bai ... Bin Bin's mother
Xi An Liu Xi An Liu ... Xiao Ji's father
Shou Lin Xu Shou Lin Xu ... Sister Zhu
Dao Xiao Dao Xiao ... Mr. Ren
Zi Ying Zi Ying ... Concubine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zhubin Li Zhubin Li ... Qiao San
Min Liu Min Liu ... Policeman
Ai Jun Ren Ai Jun Ren ... The Hairdresser
Limin Wang Limin Wang ... The Karaoke Customer (as Wang Li Min)
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Storyline

Two unemployed slackers, neither with job prospects nor motivation, hang out in sheltered town in China trying to make sense of their aimless and uncertain futures. As youths, they struggle for individual freedom and the social responsibility that comes along with it. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Mandarin title refers to a song by Richie Jen See more »

Connections

References Mirror (1975) See more »

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Murky account of contemporary China.
3 August 2002 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Learning that this film is from the makers of the tedious PLATFORM is not encouraging and the new work has the same murky color and long, unedited shot coverage.

However this one benefits from the stronger narrative elements - nihilistic kids turn to crime as their ambitions are thwarted, no mating with the traveling show chantoosie or becoming a Beijing soldier - along with the detailed account of joyless small town Datong Province life in decaying buildings where finding a US dollar in the liquor bottle the entertainers are plugging represents sudden fortune.

In the line of BEIJING BASTARDS and less engaging that GE GE/ BROTHER which covers much the same ground, this still suggests that the Chinese cinema may be evolving a sub-surface layer of effective, critical entertainment.


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Country:

China | Japan | South Korea | France

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

22 January 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Datong, Shanxi, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,628, 30 March 2003

Gross USA:

$11,254

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,901
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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