Beijing Bicycle

Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai

With a nod to the Italian Neo-Realist classic, Sixth Generation filmmaker Wang uses the story of a stolen bicycle poignantly to represent life in modern China. Guei arrives from his village to find Beijing a fast-paced city of tall buildings, wide streets and ancient, narrow alleys. Ecstatic with his job as a cycle courier, joy is short-lived after his shiny new bike is stolen. He searches for it only to find it in the possession of a schoolboy intent on impressing his friends. Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival. ‘Beautiful cinematography, sledgehammer realism’ Village Voice, New York

114 minutes


Country of origin:
China, France and Taiwan

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