Beijing Bicycle

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Beijing Bicycle

Beijing Bicycle

(Shiqi sui de dan che)

by Wang Xiaoshuai



Beijing Bicycle

Director: Wang Xiaoshuai

Script: Wang Xiaoshuai, Tang Danian, Peggy Chiao, Hsu Hsiao-ming

Cinematographer: Liu Jie

Editing: Liao Ching-song

Art Director: Wang Wenjun

Music: Wang Feng

Cast: Cui Lin, Li Bin, Zhou Xun, Gao Yuanyuan, Li Shuang

Production: Pyramide

Pyramide Distribution
5 rue du Chevalier de St George
75008 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 2001

35 mm, Colour, 113 min, 
OV Mandarin with French Subtitles

Silver Bear - Berlin Film Festival 2001

Beijing today. Guei, a sixteen-year-old boy from the country, has found work in a courier company which provides him shower and clothes, and lends him a superb silvery mountain bike. As soon as he earns 600 yuans, the bike becomes his. His desire to have it is not so much motivated by a true need of possession, but rather by the pride he feels with his friends and girl-friend. When he is about to gather this amount, his bike is stolen at the foot of a building while he delivers a parcel. Without bike, no more work. Guei goes all over town in search of this precious two-wheeler. He miraculously identifies it driven by Jian, a student pretending to have bought it at the flea market. Now both will have to share the bike.

This definitely reminds of Vittorio de Sica's film The Bicycle Thief. The stolen bike is a pretext to go all over Beijing, a highly contrasted city with its labyrinth of the hutongs, its narrow streets now disappearing and its large avenues flanked by the modern buildings of a rapidly growing town.

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