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Beijing Bicycle
Director_ Wang Xiao-Shuai
China, Taiwan 2001 113min 35mm color feature Fiction
Review

Unlike the fifth generation directors of China, whose work in the 80´s was obsessed with the past and aesthetic mis-en-scene, the sixth generation directors of the country are interested in present-day China. They are the revolutionaries of Beijing cinema, who pursued critical realism in the face of censorship, detaching themselves from the aesthetics and metaphors of their predecessors. "Beijing Bicycle" by Wang Xiaoshuai shows the power and fascination of these sixth-generation directors. The film has been called ´the Bicycle Thief´ in the Beijing version. Guei, a postman new to the town from the countryside, loses a new bicycle that he has not even paid off yet. He searches all over the town to try and locate it and finally does, but a person called Jian claims that it is his. The two argue over the bicycle: Neither of them wants to compromise with the other. Both steal the bicycle at night, or rely on their forceful friends to bring it back. They live in a society where logic makes no sense. However, their resolution to seek a way of coexisting is remarkable. Society will not allow them simply to be. This simple narrative contains a startling criticism on modem Chinese society. The director´s lens is able to catch the high-rise buildings and the back streets of Beijing and this in itself constitutes an analysis of Chinese society. The bicycle becomes the symbol and metaphor of China, for the lower-class people, who cannot keep up with social change. Vivid characterization, narrative, and the modernistic cinema discourse, which does not compel the audience to emotional response, are the advantages of this film. This film was the Judges´ Grand-Prize Winner at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2001.

CREDIT
  • DirectorWang Xiaoshuai
  • ScreenplayWang Xiaoshuai, Tang Danian, Peggy Chiao, Hsu Hsiao-Ming
  • ProducerPeggy Chiao, Hsu Hsiao-Ming, Han Sanping
  • Art DirectorTsai Chao-Yi, Cao Anjnu
  • EditorYang Hong-Yu, Hsiao Ju-Kuan
  • SoundChen Chen
  • MusicWang Feng
  • CastZhou Xun, Cui Lin, Li Bin, Gao Yuanyuan
  • Production CompanyArc Light Films Co.
  • Sales AgentArc Light Films Co., FPI
Print SourceArc Light Films Co.
DIRECTOR
Wang Xiao-Shuai
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