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Movie Info

Trying to forget his troubles, a small-time thief (Hongwei Wang) visits a brothel and falls for a prostitute (Hao Hong Jian).

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Critic Reviews for Xiao Wu

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (6)

  • Jia's restrained yet fierce X-ray of the ills of modern China also evokes a calm, intimate tenderness for its struggling survivors.

    October 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • As would become common in work, Jia's protagonist is an embodiment of a distinctly Chinese everyman, one overlooked and abandoned for the sake of progress.

    September 29, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • As will become his habit, Jia turns China's capitalist explosion into a reflection of the character's inner dislocation and finds strange solace in the cheesiest pop ballads imaginable.

    September 24, 2020 | Full Review…
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    December 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Set in the Fengyang province, Chinese director Jia Zhang Ke's first feature Xiao Wu features young characters that suffer as they bear witness to a foundling capitalist system.

    February 15, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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    December 8, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Xiao Wu

  • Nov 29, 2012
    excellent debut from the then underground zhang ke jia, one of the most original filmmakers working today. the story of a young thief who stubbornly refuses to change against the backdrop of huge changes in china's economy.
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