Cyclo (1996)

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
Art House & International , Drama
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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.

Full Review… | June 16, 2007

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

Full Review… | February 18, 2004
Slant Magazine

Features some eye-popping cinematography

October 31, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

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.

Full Review… | August 31, 2001

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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December 1, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Cyclo


Cyclo is an excellent Vietnamese drama that is very strange in the way that it's structured. Though the story jumps around, it's a very engaging story about several characters and their problems, though it mostly focuses on a teenage boy who gets pulled into the criminal underworld and the awful things he is forced to do. It's an engaging and compelling drama with a lot to sink your teeth into in terms of storytelling. It's an immensely enjoyable drama that is well worth seeing if you're a fan of dramas.

Keenan Sullivan
Keenan Sullivan

Pretty crazy movie (like balancing on a high-rise skeleton). One particular scene will never leave you. My kind of movie. Memorable.

M Sarki
M Sarki

An extremely powerful movie...really makes you grateful to live in america. I reccomend it to anyone, but good luck finding it. Since i only tried to find it as a joke (since i call myself cyclo), im very pleased it was actually an excellent movie.

Benjamin Murray
Benjamin Murray

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