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(Xich lo)

by Tran Anh Hung

Vietnam, France



Director: Tran Anh Hung

Scripte: Tran Anh Hung

Cinematographer: Benoît Delhomme

Editing: Nicole Dedieu, Claude Ronzeau

Art Director: Benoît Barough

Sound: F. Waledisch

Music: Ton-That Thiêt

Cast: Le Van Loc, Tony Leung-chiu Wai, Tran Nu Yên-khê, Nguyen Nhu Quynh, Nguyen Hoang Phuc, Ngo Vu Quang Hai, Nguyen Tuyet Ngan

Production: Lazennec Productions

Tamasa Distribution
63 rue de Ponthieu
75008 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year 1995

35 mm, Colour, 120 min, 
OV Vietnamese with French Subtitles

Golden Lion - Venise Film Festival 1995

A young man works as cyclo rickshaw in Ho Chi Minh City. He is an orphan living with his grandfather and his two sisters in a poor area of the city. He works hard, as his father, a cyclo-rickshaw as well, used to do before he died a year before in an accident. On day, his sole earning, the cyclo rickshaw which he does not own but rents is stolen. As he needs to pay for it, he starts meeting the underworld and commits a few offences. With money easily won and impunity, he decides to enter the gang with leader The Poet (played by Tony Leung).

“With Cyclo, I could talk about the world of work, tiredness, sweat, food and money. It was absolutely necessary for me to root my theme in this social and concrete ground…I wanted to show all this violence with a lot of softness.” Tran Anh Hung


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