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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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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.
A powerful film
Taking into consideration many of the critiques given earlier, I have to say that I disagree with much of the negative criticism surrounding the film. It's pacing was effective and helped add poignancy to the film, and quite frankly I cannot think of too many scenes that could have been dropped without losing a certain something in the film.

My one big problem with this film is how many reviewers seem to be commenting on its anthropological insights rather then plot devices itself. Yes, as a study of modern (and changing) china it is a fascinating. Yet, many sixth wave chinese films do the same, setting the scenes in an urban environment but looking at it through the eyes of those who cannot partake in all of its luxuries. Thus, looking at it from only this angle hardly does a film justice as it doesn't explain why the film could be well-received by chinese viewers, or anyone already familiar with the ongoing changes on mainland china.

What I personally took out of the film was how thoroughly cruel humans could be to each other. Yet, this cruelty wasn't the sort found in state repression or religious persecution, rather, it was a cruelty that came about through ordinary people making what in many ways were ordinary decisions.

Some spoilers ahead:

To illustrate my point: it is not out of the ordinary for high school boys to try to look out for each other. In that one scene by the rail tracks where that one biker is showing off his skills to a crowd, the group of students do call each other brother and obviously think of themselves as having a strong bond. Thus, it is easy to believe that they could painfully beat Guo in trying to get their friends "stolen" bike back. Similarly, in the scene in the bathhouse where Guo quite accidentaly receives a shower and is horrified to see that he has to pay, the young woman working the register insists that he pays for the services rendered. In both these instances, the viewer knows just how thoroughly damaging these actions were on the pitiful Guo, yet the anatagonists remain largely ignorant. For the gang of boys they are merely protecting their friend, for the receptionist she is just doing her job.

In both of these instances, and in many more like it spread throughout the film, the director and screen writer seem to be showing the audience the devastating consequences that seemingly normal decisions can have upon others, and how such wanton cruelty can be delivered quite unintentionally. All of this in my mind make this such a tragic and sorrowful film, challenging those who've watched it to re-examine many aspects of their own lives.

I saw the movie a couple of years ago, and than i thought it was good. But now that i own the DVD, and now that i found all the symbolism within it, i now appreciate the movie to another level. The fact that the movie revolves around a simple bike( symbolism of course) makes the movie so much better. The 2 main characters could have easily bought another bike, but it wasn't about the bike, it was something that each wanted to gain along with it. The big thing about this movie is that you need to study and watch for the symbolism in this movie to really appreciate the artistic aspect of it. Most Definitely one of the best movies i have ever seen. A must see for movie buffs, or even for people who just enjoy to stay in and watch a good flick!
Almost there...
A bit irritating at times and certainly not a regular fare even for those used to Asian movies. The story revolves around ideas of going up the social ladder... about how material goods can change your status, and what can happen due to greed.

The main character a peasant from the countryside finds himself in the "wild" urban enviroment and all its impersonal aggresiveness. The big city is unforgiving. The way the main characters tend to react to otherwise incredibly hard situations with silence sure is different from western standards.

Overall a beautiful movie with some very good scenes... still slow at times and could have been better 7 in 10.
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
Allegory of modern China
What a pleasant surprise! I ran to my local indy-plex in Cambridge, MA to see this film before it vaporizes, as most small foreign films still do, even in the Athens of America. It charmed and fascinated. The subject matter, adolescent males in an urban setting obsessed with bicycles, would not be something I would normally seek out. But, the best part of this movie for me was the experience of true, artful movie making, seemingly unincumbered by commercial nods to financial patrons. The cinematography is excellent. It places the viewer in many of the scenes in a very subtle way. The story is frustratingly universal. On the surface, it got me right back to the maddening frustrations of my own male adolescence, and the absurdity of it. I found much of it very funny. The storyteller's use of the bicycle owners as segments of the current Chinese demography after the invasion of capitalism from the West was very educational for me. I think, despite my relative ignorance of modern Chinese affairs, it is an allegory of modern China. In any case, the use of symbolism was both welcomed and refreshing. I wonder if this is the current Chinese equivalent of our "Dude, Where's My Car?"
Simple story, but beautiful images and music
Having never seen the original Italian movie The Bicycle Thief on which this film is based, I am unsure of how to compare the two, but Beijing Bicycle, remake or not, is very good. Camera-work and images so gorgeous that almost every individual frame is worth hanging on a wall, this movie captures you with its beautiful visual style and exceptional pace. The music adds to the overall beauty of this movie and the acting, though amateur, is nearly flawless. The story of a triangle of thievery and survival is the motif played with here, as a youth confronted with frustration with his own father seeks out a bicycle of his own. The cinematographer plays with his beautiful atmosphere of Beijing to express the characters' emotions and frustrations in a very realistic sense and very often either slight ambient noise or the brilliant original score is heard in the background. A movie that is just as much felt as it is seen, it's a good choice, but I can't speak for fans of the original. Recommended.
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....
Don't believe the blurb
"Beijing Bicycle" (Chinese, 2002): This is one of the purest films I've seen all year. Don't believe the blurb written about it: two boys learn sharing through the use of one bicycle. The blurb couldn't be MORE WRONG. This story has one of the smoothest, most linear, singularly focused goals I've experienced in a film along with "The Field", which I rewatched earlier this year. There are no plot twists, no what-ifs, no "oh my god, I had no idea THAT was happening!" moments. "Beijing Bicycle" is a simple, yet symbolic film about a young man who comes to the big city, gets a job as a bicycle messenger, and things quickly go from uncomfortable, to bad, to awful, to worse it seems. "Guei" (the messenger) wasn't raised to recognize the ways of a metropolis, which tries to chew him up piece by piece. We get to "know" other characters who we believe (along with Guei) ARE who they appear to be. "Beijing Bicycle" has to be the finest expression of what I would expect to be the current set of fears by those in China who see their future as an unknown, with the "replacement model" being the U.S.A.. This story expresses the huge doubts caused by the loss of Mao and the Communist way of life. Even if it WASN'T perfect, they were familiar with it, and many of these "new world" things did not happen THEN. Those who are (literally) "buying" into the free market concepts, are losing their pride, identities, and souls. Watch for the slow, steady transitions of situations and characters. Watch for the symbols of decadence, greed, unhealthy living, improper greed, corruption, and sadness – all within a small group of teens.
This movie tells a story of emerging yet merging worlds. The old Beijing juxtaposed against the new one.
***SLIGHT SPOILERS*** This movie tells a story of emerging yet merging worlds. The old Beijing juxtaposed against the new one. The old and real country values are clashing against the cult of appearances favoured by the new city middle class. The old Beijing, whose convoluted alleyways protect a simple life, filled with people practicing tai-chi, and of elders watching with inner peace the noisy action around them, the old district seems to be in harmony with the country boy. Like him, the ancient town is surrounded by incomprehensible city activities and rushing street traffic. The new Beijing is tall with people stacked up high in living apartments and glass towers. It surrounds the old district of tiles roofs and wooden frames. The city's transformation is echoed by the story of two boys.

The story would have pleased François Truffaut, the story is about children and adults are seems thru their eyes. The bicycle gangs roam the streets. The bicycle is a status symbol and the means to impress girls. The members of the gang go to school, have a family, whereas the country boy has to ea rn a living. Acquiring a bicycle for him is insuring his own survival in a somewhat inhuman city. But to join this gang the city boy must first acquire a bicycle, which he does by stealing money from his father. To acquire his bicycle the country boy must give his employer one-months wages. Unfortunately after parking his bicycle in front of a bath house the country boy's bicycle is stolen and resold to the city boy. Starting a game of cat and mouse between the two boys. Both legitimate owners of the bicycles. The country boy cannot regain his courier job unless he finds it again. The other boy needs the bicycle to win the heart of a girl interested in him. After few fights they agree to share the bicycle every other day. Every thing is working until the city boy seeks revenge on the girl he lost to a boy with better bicycle skills than he has. He takes a brick and throws it at his rival's head. Immediately a gang sets out to beat him up. The county boy gets caught in the old street with him and unable to escape gets a beating as well. Only when one member of the gang starts systematically destroying the country boy's bicycle, does he take a brick and hit the hooligan on the head.with it.

The bicycle has joined in a similar and sinister fate these two boys from world's so far apart united thru violence.
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