Unknown Pleasures (2002)
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Unknown Pleasures takes place in China, in the small city of Datong, in 2001, where disaffected teenagers look for any kind of excitement to enliven their dreary existence. Bin Bin (Zhao Wei Wei) dates a quiet student, Yuan Yuan (Zhou Qing Feng) who's thinking of going to university in Beijing. They spend their time together holding hands, watching karaoke and Monkey King videos, and despairing for the future. Bin Bin envies the Monkey King his freedom. Bin Bin has quit his job at a local
Mar 28, 2003 Limited
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Jia creates some poignant images to convey key transitions in the characters' lives.
[Director Zhang-ke] Jia's virtuoso long takes, choreographed mise en scene, and feeling for character and behavior place him in a class by himself.
A stunning study of ennui.
May be Jia's most concentrated evocation of contemporary China's spiritual malaise.
In its effort to evoke pity, Unknown Pleasures chiefly evokes agitation and frustration.
despite the distinct lack of good times and belly laughs, Unknown Pleasures is a great film.
Despite the fact that there's little dramatic arc, little dialogue and little joy in the lives of its characters, Unknown Pleasures is riveting.
[Music] has the ability to connect with everyone, and perhaps international audiences will connect with the Chinese youth of Unknown Pleasures for the exact same reason.
Hard to turn away from, but also damn hard to sit through ... there is a difference between inspiring a sense of alienation in one's audience, and merely alienating them
This sequel to Jia's excellent 1997 drama Xiao Wu is less original and absorbing than its predecessor, and less visually impressive than Platform.
While there are some beautifully shot, subtle moments in the film that encapsulate the desperation and degradation of the characters, the director ends up alienating his audience in an attempt to display the alienation of his characters.
The actors in Unknown Pleasures generate sympathy from their sullen good looks as much as any acting ability.
An occasionally fascinating but ultimately undercooked portrait of the young and disaffected.
There's a telling disjunction between the dismal lives of Jia's characters and the optimism of China's officially sunny advance into the 21st century.
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