Beijing Taxi (2010)



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BEIJING TAXI is a feature-length documentary that vividly portrays the ancient capital of China undergoing a profound transformation. The intimate lives of three taxi drivers are seen through a humanistic lens as they navigate a quickly morphing city, confronting modern issues and changing values. The three protagonists radiate a warm sense of humanity despite the struggles that each faces in adapting to new realities of life in the modern city. With stunning imagery of Beijing and a contemporary score rich in atmosphere, BEIJING TAXI communicates a visceral sense of the common citizens' persistent attempts to grasp the elusive. The 2008 Summer Olympic Games serve as the backdrop for BEIJING TAXI's story, a coming out party for a rising nation and a metaphor for Chinese society and its struggles to reconcile enormous contradictions while adjusting to a new capitalist system that can seem foreign to some in the Communist-ruled and educated society. Candid and perceptive in its filming approach and highly cinematic and moody in style, BEIJING TAXI takes us on a lyrical journey through fragments of a society riding the bumpy roads to modernization. Though its destination unknown, the drivers continue to forge ahead. -- (C) Official Site

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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

An attractive and seamless set of images of working-class Chinese life.

Dec 9, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Throughout, the drivers are framed against the various cityscapes they traverse, though their philosophical views on what is unfolding around them differs with age and temperament.

Dec 9, 2010 | Full Review…
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Wang's letter from Beijing feels too breezy and light on fresh insight.

Dec 7, 2010 | Full Review…

Shadowing the ups and bunny-hill downs of three cabbies, Wang's documentary will entreat loads of audiences to get first hand-to-mouth evidence that a nation's prosperity doesn't turn every bean into magical stalk.

Dec 21, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Although the film can feel a little emotionless, director Miao Wang has an emblematic metaphor in her hands.

Dec 18, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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