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Beijing Bicycle
France, China, Taiwan
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Xiaoshuai Wang
Bin Li as Jian
Yuzhong Wang as Jian's Classmate
Jian Li as Jian's Classmate
Mengnan Li as Qiu Sheng
Lei Liu as Mantis
Yuhong Ma as Accountant
Jian Xie as Manager
Fangfei Zhou as Rongrong
Shuang Li as Da Huan
Lin Cui as Guo Liangui (as Cui Lin)
Yiwei Zhao as Father
Yan Pang as Mother
Yuanyuan Gao as Xiao
Xun Zhou as Qin
Storyline: Beijing: young men in packs, machismo, class divisions, violence, and indifference. Guei arrives from the country: toothbrushes, hotel foyers, and Qin, a rich neighbor in high heels, dazzle him. He gets a job as a messenger. The company issues him a bike, which he must pay for out of his wages. When it is stolen, Guei hunts for it. A student, Jian, has it; for him, it's the key to teen society - with his pals and with Xiao, a girl he fancies. Guei finds the bike and stubbornly tries to reclaim it in the face of great odds. But for Jian to lose the bike would mean humiliation. The two young men - and the people around them - are swept up in the youths' desperation.
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Slow, languid, simple, slow, laborious, slow
This film irritated me with its extreme slowness, and the dumbness and wimpyness of the lead character. Even for a drama, it was worth only about 30 minutes of film, but was extended to movie length for "artistic" effect, or whatever. Mostly whatever.

Long, long blank looks at each other, almost no dialogue and what was there was so basic and simple, very slow camera panning to kill time....everything in it was at "walking underwater speed" and it just dragged and dragged. Too many very similar scenes that went on and on told me the filmmaker was padding, and not expressing his "artistry". Mainland China is way behind the west in film-making...about 50 years behind, as this film appeared to be post-WWII, not the early 21st century. Won't get much western audience, that's for sure.

Really tested my patience but I stuck it out to the mostly unrewarding end that we knew was coming.(He got his bike. Duhhh.) Very simple type of story told much better many years ago in Italy's "Bicycle Thief". See that one instead.
A lesson in cultures
What made this movie particularly interesting to me was how, within the framework of a fast-moving and reasonably exciting story, it highlighted the deep differences between Chinese and "Western" cultures . I believe that Westerners in general, and Americans in particular , tend to gloss over these disparities in worldview, especially since the emergence of Deng's "capitalism with Chinese characteristics" has resulted in greater superficial similarity. In "The Bicycle Thief," to which this film is automatically compared, there is an overriding sense of right and wrong, of justice violated and restored, of "higher purpose" -- all consistent with Western philosophy, from ancient Greece to modern Christianity. In "Beijing Bicycle" contrariwise the persistent theme, overt and implied, is that of "joss," luck or fate. There is no implied necessity that misdeeds will be punished, that "good will triumph," or that there will be any closure to matters at all. Over and above being entertaining, I would recommend this movie as required viewing for those engaged in commerce and diplomacy with our Eastern brethren.
Worth watching, but way too long
I would not reccomend this movie for the impatient. It goes extremely slowly and frequently dwells on mundane scenes. But if you can take it, it is a pretty interesting story. As noted above, the plot goes through a series of unfair situations which are often pretty humorous and relatable. The main plot deals with materialism, jealousy, and righteous perseverence. At first I found the ending to be pointless and stupid, but if you think about it, it's really pretty optimistic. The acting is also top notch, although there are only a few scenes with heavy dialogue (again, it moves slow). Visually, it depicts Beijing quite well, with all its ramshackle residential areas and paradise-like hotels. An overall well done movie...that should've been half as long.
Fractured Characters
Beijing Bicycle plays out as "how not to be (stomped)". Two similarly flawed characters clinging desperately to one bicycle, which causes them so much suffering. Neither of them knowing when to let go. Both characters going to extremes of passivity and stubborn attachment, failing again and again to practice the pan-Eastern "middle-way". Meanwhile we watch Guo's level-headed/level-hearted boss and Jian's father, dealing well with both his son's failure and his own - and in the background an older man practices Qi Gong. It would be a "coming of age" movie, if there were any development in the main characters, toward the maturity of their elders. But in the end we see each of them battered and bruised, the trio of Guo, Jian and the Beijing Bicycle - last camera shot focusing on the latter, busted-up, a booby prize floating through crowded streets... the message is clear, Just Let Go!
Complexity in Several Layers
"Beijing Bicycle" has a superficial similarity to "The Bicycle Thief," a true classic, but it presents a darker and deeper story. Set in Beijing it tracks the efforts of a young man from the countryside to find his self-sufficient place in a bustling and rawly energetic city. For him, obtaining a position as a bicycle messenger for a company serving the commercial firms of the city seems to be a satisfactory end, not a beginning as it probably would be were this film set in a Western metropolis.

For a New Yorker, where bicycle messengers are simultaneously often hated and frequently and with good measure feared, the operation of the Beijing counterpart, with messengers uniformly attired and equipped with identical mountain bikes, is both strange and familiar.

Central to the film is the theft of the coveted bicycle one day before it would become the personal property of the messenger (the company's scheme allows employees to earn ownership after what appears to be a short period of service). The bike turns up in the hands of a post-high school youth, part of a loose gang of bicycle worshipers. Much of the story revolves around the subsequent relay race of seizures of the bike with attendant and escalating violence.

The intensity of the competition between two young men for the bike reflects its importance not only economically (bikes appear in huge numbers in wide shots of broad avenues and busy streets) but also personally. These young men probably don't even have nocturnal fantasies of car ownership.

A wary but real bond develops between the suitors for bike ownership and the violence that engulfs them is palpably real and painful to watch. There is no real resolution for either of them it seems.

"Beijing Bicycle" would have benefited from some judicious editing and the deletion of an extraneous secondary story line (or two) that detracts from the main tale. The score is very nice and the acting strong. This is not the Beijing of Tianamen Square or of the flourishing fast food outlets. It is, however, a Beijing that has a number of striking similarities to neighborhoods known to many of us. And in that lies the film's interest and attractiveness.
Beautiful, but empty
Quasi-remake of De Sica's `Ladri di biciclette,' set in the sprawling metropolis of contemporary Beijing. Director Wang Xiaoshuai borrows not just the seedling idea but much of the approach of the Italian Neo-Realist classic. A stolen bicycle leads two boys from one sad situation to another, and Wang lets those situations determine the film's form, rather than using deliberate techniques to give it shape. This result is going to inspire different responses--like `Ladri di biciclette' itself, it's going to seem refreshingly artless to some, frustratingly aimless to others. Likewise, the film's tremendous stillness is going to draw some viewers in while alienating others. There are passing comments on image, perception, and class divisions, but the style (Chinese-Italian Neo-Neo-Realism?) really prevents the director from exploring any of these ideas too thoroughly. Personally, while I appreciate the respectful approach to the film's inspiration, I wish Wang would have really cut loose with some radical new take on `Ladri,' as Tim Burton did with his masterpiece, `Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.' As it is, `Shiqi sui de dan che' left me a little bit cold; it was all done is good taste, but the result was curiously lifeless. For all his deference to De Sica, Wang can't really recreate the Italian director's emotional depth, no matter how precisely he recreates his style. Without that depth, this film is as beautiful as a series of still photographs, but no more alive. 6 out of 10.
Good but not great
I liked Beijing Bicycle...but, then again, I am a sucker for most foreign films, particularly Asian films ...but unlike most Chinese films....this one seemed to meander and I guess I kind of compared it to What Time is it Over There, though Taiwainese..but I saw that last week and really found that more cinematic, more interesting and involving. maybe it's a cultural thing, the level of patience, one could call it stubborness and the NY Times reviewer had compared the main character, the bike messenger to the young teacher in "Not One Less" who was also a paragon of determination and quite relentless in her efforts... much like the boy here attempting to recover and re-recover his bike.So, I'm glad I saw it but I feel that way about most foreign films I have seen....
Surviving in the big city
"Beijing Bicycle" the interesting Chinese film directed by Xiaoshuai Wang, has been compared with Vittorio DeSica's masterpiece of the Italian cinema, "Bicycle Thief". In fact, we suspect this director is telling a story that seems to mirror the other film, but it's Chinese to the core.

Young Guo, who has arrived in Beijing from a rural area, is hired as a messenger for an agency that delivers important packages and mail throughout the city. Part of the deal is a shiny new bicycle that will be paid by the new hires after being in the job for a while. The bicycle for Guo means the improvement of his lot in life, as well as freedom to go everywhere and be his own master.

Jian, on the other hand, is a student that is seen hanging out with a rough bunch of school mates. Jian is excelling academically, but in order to fit, he must have a bicycle. The film doesn't make clear if Jian himself steals the bicycle, or as he claims, he bought it at the second hand market, with the money he stole from his father, which seems to be the case. He views the bicycle as a sign of status and of belonging; a means to have been accepted by his peers.

Young Guo shows a stubbornness that seems to be a trait with people from the area where he comes from. Instead of accepting the fact that his bicycle has been stolen, he decides to investigate on his own, something that must be a super human task given the millions of bicycles one sees in that city, and a mode of transport for the masses. One can't follow Guo's logic in not going to the police, or when he realizes who has stolen his bicycle, he never challenges the thief. In fact, Jian and his friends show a cruelty for the newly arrived country bumpkin that is scary. In fact, Jian shows a stubbornness himself that is unusual for a city boy that should have known better and who should have realized the plight of Guo.

"Beijing Bicycle" shows a side of city living in a city that is crowded and can be cruel to anyone trying to make a life in a decent way. We watch at the end a defeated Guo walking with his mangled bicycle on his way back home, perhaps.

The film will not disappoint, in spite of some repetitious sequences thanks to the strength of the two principals and the direction by Xiaoshuai Wang.
Mediocre update of age-old tale
This plot of this film is well worn by now. Someone moves to the

big city in hopes of earning a better life and goes through more

trials & tribulations than the average person just to make ends

meet. This version of the tale pits a middle class school kid, bitter

about his father's deferred promises (to allow his older sister to

continue with her education), against a rural/simple guy who had

the (mis)fortune of getting an opportunity to better himself by

working for a bicycle messenger company. Both fight over

possession of the bicycle, and each's persistence in doing so

brings more misfortune to himself. The movie spends more time

on the plot & characters than evoking the underlying themes that

the conflict evokes (economic improvement, class antagonism,

etc.). Since the acting isn't always strong and the film could have

been edited better (it should have been much shorter) and the

score is a bit cloying, the results aren't completely convincing. I

would definitely recommend "What Time Is It There?" over this film

if both are playing in your area. While slower & less plot-oriented

than "Beijing Bicycle", WTIIT is ultimately more rewarding because

its simplicity keeps it truer to its subject matter. 7/10
Dude, where's my bicycle?
Freshly immigrated from the Chinese countryside, nineteen-year-old Guo gets a job as a bike-messenger in Beijing. When the bike gets stolen, he loses his means of support and goes on a desperate search for it through a city crammed to the brim with bicycles.

So far, we're in a Chinese version of Bicycle Thieves and Guo's desperation is the same of the main character in De Sica's film, but it soon gets contrasted with another kind of desperation, as the bike falls into hands of Jian, a lower middle-class kid for whom the bike represents a status-symbol, a way to climb in rank among his peers and to impress the prettiest girl of his class. To lose the bike would mean social death, a concept alien to Guo, for whom losing the bike means possible starvation.

By contrasting these two characters, director Wang creates a powerful microcosm of contemporary China, a society in great flux, where the gap between the haves and have-nots is becoming so large that they may as well be from different planets.

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