Beijing bicycle [videorecording]

| April 14, 2011

Title: Beijing bicycle [videorecording]

Director: Wang Xiaoshuai

Produced by: Culver city, CA : Sony Pictures, 2002

Call no.: PN1997.2 .S45 2002

From the Production Company:

“Think of yourselves as the carrier pigeons of today!” instructs the manager of a bicycle delivery service. A young man from the country named Guei works diligently at this new job, eager to pay off the company bicycle and make it his own. But just before his last payment, the bicycle is stolen and he’s fired–but if he can find it again, he’ll get his job back. The emotional stakes of Beijing Bicycle become amazingly gripping: after Guei accidentally discovers that the bike now belongs to a young student who bought it used, a fight over the ownership of the bicycle becomes downright harrowing, for the student has a secret that threatens to humiliate him. Beijing Bicycle ranges from a light portrait of the kinetic poetry of a bicycle in motion to a raw examination of violence driven by envy and guilt. A beautiful, wrenching movie.

About the Director

Wang Xiaoshuai is considered to be one of the most talented filmmakers in China. A graduate of the Beijing Film Academy, he wrote and directed his first features, “The Days” in 1993. The film garnered praise from Western film critics but was blacklisted by the China Film Bureau, as was the director. In 1994, he completed the independent production, “Frozen,” entering it into various international film festivals as directed by “Wu Min” (Anonymous). At the end of 1995, he entered the Beijing Film Studio and made “A Vietnamese Girl.” However, the film did not pass the censors. It was only after undergoing three more years of cuts (and a title change to “So Close to Paradise”) that it passed the censors. “So Close to Paradise” was selected for the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

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