Beijing Bicycle (2001)

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Critic Consensus: Though rather repetitive in its plot, Beijing Bicycle provides an interesting look at the economic and social changes that have occurred in China.


Movie Info

A young man from rural China struggles to make good in Beijing in this drama, which suggests an updated and relocated variation on the neorealist classic Ladri di Biciclette. Guei (Cui Lin) is a teenager who arrives in the big city looking for work; he and a handful of other youngsters are hired as bicycle messengers, with their employer giving them new mountain bikes under the condition that they're paid ten yuan for each message they deliver, and the bicycles are theirs once they've made 58 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some violence and brief nudity)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Wang Xiaoshuai, Tang Danian, Peggy Chiao, Hsu Hsiao-ming, Xiaoshuai Wang
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On DVD: Jul 9, 2002
Runtime:
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Cast


as Guei

as Jian

as Qin

as Da Huan

as Jian

as Father

as Mother

as Father

as Rong Rong

as Manager

as Accountant

as Mantis

as Qui Sheng

as Qui Sheng

as Jian's Classmate

as Classmate of Jian

as Jian's Classmate

as Classmate of Jian

as Classmate of Jian

as Classmate of Jian

as Biker

as Biker

as Classmate of Xiao

as Classmate of Xiao

as Xiao's Classmate

as Classmate of Xiao
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Critic Reviews for Beijing Bicycle

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (24)

An artful yet depressing film that makes a melodramatic mountain out of the molehill of a missing bike.

Full Review… | June 28, 2002
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

With Beijing Bicycle, Wang has crafted a picturesque morality tale that slyly depicts the hopelessness of communism while pointing up the essential similarities between people of all classes.

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Make no mistake, [Wang's] camera is saying, and don't be deceived by the Communist rhetoric -- this city is as class-ridden as any in the West.

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

While Wang Xiaoshuai's film doesn't plumb the depths, nor resonate with the kind of profound irony of Vittoria De Sica's 1947 classic, it is nonetheless an affecting, poignant drama.

May 30, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

What's most unusual about Beijing Bicycle in terms of recent Chinese history is that any form of class conflict is depicted at all.

March 13, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

Fails to deliver either a social message or a good story.

Full Review… | March 8, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Beijing Bicycle

½

In Beijing the bicycle is everything. This sad movie focuses on one bike and the part it plays in the lives of two young characters - one trying to make a living, the other trying to gain respect amongst his peers.

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Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

The ideal inheritor of De Sica's Bicycle Thief,erupts as a serious contender against composing deals,circumstantial notions and a willing contradiction of ideas.Xiaoshuai is a very underrated Chinese modern trespasser of independent film-making and he sure knows to catch our breath with the flamboyance of his people and characteristics of their self.The finale is amidst the top of 00's.

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Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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