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Ping Guo (Lost in Beijing) (2008)

Ping Guo (Lost in Beijing)



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Mainland writer/director Li Yu teams with producer and screenwriter Fang Li for this tale of money and love in the Chinese capitol. Lin Dong (Tony Leung Kar-fai) is a resourceful entrepreneur from the southern province of Guangdong who has risen through the ranks to become the manager of the highly profitable Golden Basin Foot Massage Parlor. The popular parlor is staffed by a group of attractive young girls that includes Liu Pingguo (Fan Bingbing) and Xiaomei (Zeng Meihuizi), two Guangdong natives who are also looking for a better life in the big city. One night, after some heavy drinking, Dong takes Pingguo up to his lavish apartment and awkwardly forces himself on the girl as her window-cleaner husband, Kun (Tong Dawei), watches in shock from his harness outside. Later, when Pingguo discovers that she is pregnant, Dong, his infertile wife, Wang Mei (Elaine Jin), Kun, and the mother-to-be all sit down together to sign contracts that will allow Dong to adopt the child in exchange for a healthy chunk of change. The airtight agreement slowly begins to unravel, however, when the child is born and biological mother Pingguo realizes that giving up her child simply isn't an option. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Yu Li, Fang Li, Li Yu, Li Yu
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On DVD: Apr 22, 2008
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Bingbing Fan
as Liu Pingguo
Fan Bingbing
as Ping-guo
Elaine Jin
as Wang Mei
Dawei Tong
as An Kun
Zeng Meihuizi
as Xiao-mei
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Critic Reviews for Ping Guo (Lost in Beijing)

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12)

Begins with a wild coincidence and goes rapidly downhill from there, becoming one of the most unintentionally hilarious tragedies in quite some time.

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The film benefits from solid performances by its four stars, but it is overly didactic and drawn-out as its comic tone grows darker and darker.

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Though the film's emotional tone is blurry -- toward the end it swerves away from farce and back toward anguish - its social criticism could hardly be more clear.

April 14, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Too serious for comedy and too improbable to achieve much impact as social melodrama, it works best as a showcase for its actors, all of whom bring more depth to the material than it achieves on its own.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The sex is sufficient (if you care), the acting is good, and the shots of Beijing's streets and highways are interesting. But the story is contrived.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

When a rapist (Tony Leung) is the second-most sympathetic character in a story about greed, duplicity and adultery among four people, it needs a more forgiving audience than me.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ping Guo (Lost in Beijing)

A study in contrasts that plays out in the modern city of Beijing. Two disparate couples are joined together in an intricate ballet of deception, betrayal, blackmail, and sexual tension. The contrast is between a rich, childless couple and a poor, working class couple. It contrasts the victim with his or her oppressor and the deceived against the deceiver. Each of these four tortured souls are involved in a gamble wherein they could lose everything and one is never sure who is winning, or indeed, if there are any winners at all. Interesting camera work maintains the dynamic tensions. There are long shots of Beijing and the mass of humanity, and long interior shots in which little is said or done, but in which violent emotions are on display. The cast is excellent, and the story maintains its narrow focus on these four characters almost without blinking. Only one small side story breaks the string, and it only adds poignancy.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "Lost in Beijing," Liu Pingguo(Bingbing Fan) works in a foot massage parlor where her friend Xiao Mei(Meihuizi Zeng) is fired for an altercation with a client despite quite possibly being in the right. So, the two friends get drunk. And that is when Lin Dong(Tony Leung Ka Fai), their boss, rapes Liu Pingguo which is observed by her husband An Kun(Dawei Tong) who is conveniently outside working as a window washer. Instead of reporting him to the police, he attempts to extort money but does gain a measure of revenge by having sex with Wang Mei(Elaine Jin), Lin Dong's wife, who cannot have children. On the other hand, Liu Pingguo is now pregnant.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Lost in Beijing" has some great shots of Beijing but the handheld camerawork gets a little tiresome. Overall, the movie is a pointed and disturbing critique of capitalism in China and how it corrupts all who come into contact with it. Start with the foot massage parlor(I'm going to have to reconsider my previous thoughts about the worst job) where the women have to put up with all sorts of molestation by the customers. And the boss who is the prime example of capitalism is worse. But what is shocking is that Liu Pingguo still wants to work there after she is raped. Are there no other alternatives?[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


After two graphic sexual encounters, the film settles into a interesting character piece, well directed and excellently acted. My problem was most of the characters were unlikable (although there were great lengths to show them as well rounded people with both good and bad within), and even Bingbing Fan's character (the most likable) was a bit of a doormat. Still an interesting perspective of Chinese culture (that was banned in China).

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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