Unknown Pleasures

2002, Drama, 1h 53m

30 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Unknown Pleasures tests the patience with a look at modern China that can feel as aimless as its characters' lives, but gathers real resonance as it goes along. Read critic reviews

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An unemployed slacker (Zhao Wei Wei) grows apart from his girlfriend, while his like-minded pal (Wu Qiong) chases a woman.

Cast & Crew

Tao Zhao
Qiao Qiao
Bai Ru
Bin Bin's mother
Liu Xi An
Xiao Ji's father
Paul Yi
Executive Producer
Hengameh Panahi
Executive Producer
Masayuki Mori
Executive Producer
Nelson Yu Lik-wai
Cinematographer
Keung Chow
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Critic Reviews for Unknown Pleasures

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Audience Reviews for Unknown Pleasures

  • Apr 18, 2011
    I understand what was being done and being said, but in the end it just fails to captivate its viewer. The shots are just too long and the characters are not interesting enough for a two hour movie centered around character development. Shooting this on digital video was a nice choice, but that's about the best thing I can say about this. It was the only sense of realism that worked. The influences of this are bright as day and it's easy to conclude that they are all movies i'd rather have watched instead of this.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2006
    Meh this movie did nothing for me, I had laughed earlier on in the movie (for the wrong reasons) but other than that this movie is pretty boring. Usually I have it in my to appreciate films like this but I just found nothing to like here. Like what is the plot??? There is no plot, they seem to be heading nowhere, it just concentrated on the 3 people and their experiences which weren't that interesting. This is probably the Seinfield of movies.....without the genius. There are many long, drawn out shots that mean nothing. What was the point in having one scene go like 3 minutes and the only thing happening is one of the characters is trying to get his motorcycle up a hill. There are several scenes like this and most of them felt pointless. I found myself fast forwarding through the last minutes of the movie I couldn't stand it. The director tried to make an artsy film and it just turned out to be fartsy.
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