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Cyclo (1996)




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A "cyclo" is a bicycle-drawn taxi similar to a rickshaw, and, in this story, the nickname of an 18-year-old boy trying to scrape together a living in the desperate poverty of Ho Chi Mihn City. Cyclo lives with his grandfather (Le Kinh Huy) and two sisters (Tran Nu Yen-Khe and Pham Ngoc Lieu), and drives his taxi for a bitter woman (Nhu Quynh Nguyen) who devotes most of her time to her mentally unstable son (Bjuhoang Huy). When the pedal-cab is stolen, Cyclo is forced into a life of crime to repay the debt and falls in with a group of petty thugs led by a self-styled poet (Tony Leung Chiu Wai). What Cyclo doesn't know at first is that the poet is also a pimp, and he's been using his romantic wiles to lure Cyclo's older sister into a career as a prostitute. Cyclo was directed by Tran Anh Hung, whose breakthrough film was the acclaimed drama The Scent of Green Papaya. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for Cyclo

All Critics (11)

Just as impressive as his feature debut Scent of the Green Papayas, as a poetic study of survival in modern and ravished Vietnam, Cyclo will be compared to De Sica's post- WWII classic Bicycle Thief.

June 16, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Liquids become the motif d'abus of the film: water, blood, vomit, sweat, oil, urine, humidity, and paint.

February 18, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Features some eye-popping cinematography

November 1, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

La narrativa y la historia son perfectamente aplicables a la realidad social de nuestra ciudad, y la dinámica visual que presenta es digna de verse.

August 31, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This powerful film offers Westerners a potent dosage of what life is like in a Third World country, a country most Americans only envision in a depersonalized way.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cyclo

It's a respectable film that shows how a corrupt and immoral society can sadly bring down the innocence that lives in its midst. It had some good performances too, but, I personally think it went on about a half hour too long.

Jared H
Jared H

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