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Driverless (2010)

Wu ren jia shi (original title)
Driverless is about three love stories that are intertwined by a car accident.

Director:

Yang Zhang
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1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ruby Lin ... Wang Dan
Ye Liu ... Zhi Xiong
Xiaoran Li ... Chang Qing (as Xiao Ran Li)
Yuanyuan Gao ... Xiao Yun
Jianbin Chen ... Wang Yao
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Du Juan Du
Su Ying Huang
Xuan Huang
Wei Li Wei Li
Luodan Wang
Haiquan Yang Haiquan Yang
Yong You Yong You
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Driverless is about three love stories that are intertwined by a car accident.

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What the standard is to measure love. Should we be loyal to money, material things or our own hearts?

Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

2 July 2010 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Driverless See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Budget:

CNY20,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This movie is an updated version of his previous film Spicy Love Soup (1998). See more »

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Dramatizing modern-day culture of urban China
24 July 2010 | by montoSee all my reviews

A domestic drama surrounding the relationships of modern-day Chinese urbanites, with the various participants intersecting at a vehicle collision. Akin to the works of Iñárritu and Arriagga, e.g. 'Amores Perros', the film portrays a series of relationships via non-sequential narratives that draw together to a climax.

Filmmaker Zhang Yang, known for his realistic and popular dramedies 'Shower' and 'Getting Home', steps away from narrow-focus narratives to explore a series of modern-day relationships and plots, at the expense of humor and in-depth characterization. These relationships/plots include a young street-racer's happenstance meeting with a deaf-mute photographer, a wealthy ex's attempt to woo (buy?) back his ex's heart, a business relationship that prompts the kindling of romance, and a husband's attempt to raise medical treatment funds for his ailing wife.

In effect, the film seeks to portray the foibles (materialism, infidelity, divorce, one-night stands, etc) of modern-day Chinese urban life, with some portrayals more cliché, and perhaps cynical, than others.

As is the case with all non-sequential narratives, especially those with a large collection of characters (with the potential for diluted/glossed over characterizations), the filmmakers endanger losing audience interest and/or empathy, but that's up to the audience to decide. All in all an enjoyable domestic drama.


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