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Ping Guo (Lost in Beijing)

Ping Guo (Lost in Beijing) (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 6

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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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

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Apr 22, 2008

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

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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
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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.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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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.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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A monotonous sordid melodrama.

July 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Li cements her status as a Chinese director to watch.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Lost In Beijing is most noted for several thumb-nosing gratuitous sex scenes that got the movie reprimanded by the censors back home.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

You don't wind up thinking much of any of these characters. Sympathy is lost somewhere around the time the frantic camera style makes you dizzy.

April 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Lost in Beijing tells the story of a man who, when his wife becomes pregnant after being raped by her employer, enters into a series of financial negotiations with him.

March 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Fang Li should be applauded for his courageous efforts to address taboo subjects of sex and politics, even while one may question certain aspects of his films.

January 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

As messy a dysfunctional relationship drama as you could hope to witness on screen. How do you say 'Jerry Springer' in Mandarin?

January 27, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

whatever meaning the film might have had about China's disaffected, new striving capitalists is lost in the chaos and clutter

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

An engaging parable about the dire effects of giving in to the Western obsession with money.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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.
May 13, 2010
Mark Abell

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[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]
February 22, 2009
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Walter M.

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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).
June 11, 2010
threefolddado

Super Reviewer

Excellent drama about a silce of life in modern day Beijing..excellent acting especaily by Tony Leung Ka Fai and Bingbing. All four central characters put forth a strong effort and the story does not disappoint. Moving, touching at times and does hold your interest. The story and the drama together is quite realistic and at times you wont feel as though you are watching a movie. See this!
February 24, 2010
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