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  • Actors: Lin Cui, Xun Zhou, Bin Li, Yuanyuan Gao, Shuang Li
  • Directors: Xiaoshuai Wang
  • Writers: Xiaoshuai Wang, Danian Tang, Hsiao-ming Hsu, Peggy Chiao
  • Producers: Anne Devauchelle, Dong-ming Shi, Eric Lagesse
  • Format: Color, DTS Surround Sound, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2002
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067IX5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,868 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Beijing: young men in packs, machismo, class divisions, violence, and indifference. Guei arrives from the country: toothbrushes, hotel foyers, and Qin, a rich neighbor in high heels, dazzle him. He gets a job as a messenger. The company issues him a bike, which he must pay for out of his wages. When it is stolen, Guei hunts for it. A student, Jian, has it; for him, it's the key to teen society - with his pals and with Xiao, a girl he fancies. Guei finds the bike and stubbornly tries to reclaim it in the face of great odds. But for Jian to lose the bike would mean humiliation. The two young men - and the people around them - are swept up in the youths' desperation.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2002
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Beijing Bicycle is the Chinese version of the Italian film Bicycle Thief, and with this in mind the audience should not be disappointed. The story is about two teenagers who live in Beijing.  One of the teenagers has just arrived from the countryside and the other has lived in the city his whole life.  A social economic message is delivered through these two teenagers, an owner and a thief of a mountain bike, and is intertwined with adolescent obstructions of coming to age. Overall, this is a solid film experience.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By EMMETTJAMES MCLEAN on July 19, 2002
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This film is amazing ...
Panaramic shots of hundreds of bicycles parked in Beijing.
Shots of brand new *huge* high rise apartment buildings.
Much larger than anything you've ever seen in the US.
Amazing.
Bicycle chase sceens in the old streets of Beijing.
Oh, so the sceenery is so beautiful.
It's a pleasure to see something
different from the cookie cutter world we know in the US.
No Starbucks, McDonalds, or Walmarts.
...
One thing I really enjoyed was the director's use of
symbolism. There's a clip where every time a certain
young woman walks by you hear her clop-clop high heals.
I can't say too much with out giving away some of the
fun but it is really suprising how such a subtle
effect can turn out to be so powerful!
The casting was great. The acting was so good that a
during the beginning of the film I thought I was
watching a documentary.
Anyone whose spent a period of his life where $10 is a lot
of money can relate to the events and charactors in the film.
The story is about the incredible struggle for
human dignity in the face of inhumanizing poverty.
I loved it!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rudolf Spoerer on April 28, 2004
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until you see this movie. I mean the viewer practically squirms in their setas as they see the main character with dogged determination declare and demand ownership over a bicycle that he had paid for little by little as a messenger in downrown Beijing ....
It's not your usual movie fare and any reveiwer that says they've been to this bustling city that wakens slowly every morning and could not idently with our main characters plight, don't know what they are talking about ....
It's a wonderfull and thought provoking film of dogged determination ... something we see so little of today!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keith A. Jones on September 28, 2007
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This is one movie where you just want to jump in and do something. My story is like some others I know; I kept seeing this movie on the shelf at the video store. I thought it looked ok but not interesting enough to spend money on. Thank god it finally came on TV and I think it was worth the wait. The movie is about a young man named Guei who is looking for work in Beijing. He's lucky and finds a delivery company and is happy about his new job. Guei is given a bike to complete his deliveries, after working for a while he will earn enough to buy the bike. After running into some trouble with a delivery and being extremely late picking up a package he returns to get his bike only to find out it was stolen. Guei then gets fired because the package was received late and now he has no bike. Guei is so determined that he asks his boss if he finds the bike could he have his job back. His boss is so impressed by this that he says yes.

Ok so maybe so far the story may not appeal that much but then another main character is bought in. Jian is a not so spoiled but very bratty school kid and somehow he ends up with a new bike that looks exactly like Guei's. In the movie everyone has a bike and they're very important. Jing's father is not bringing in enough money to get him a bike. His father believes in his son but just can't afford the bike so this kid is planning on doing anything to get a bike. Guei finally catches up with Jing and the two start a little war over the bike. The big problem is that Jing has a bunch of friends and Guei has none so you can imagine what happens every time Jing catches him.

Maybe some people will find this movie a bit funny I just couldn't. Guei played by Cui Lin has a presence and face that really makes you feel his pain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By vanhubris on August 23, 2005
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this movie centers on the controversy over ownership of a bicycle

which both owners have paid for. Guei--a poor country boy had legitimately paid for the bike out of his earnings as a courier--and just as he makes the last payment--the bike is stolen by a person who's never revealed--who then sells the bike to a used bicycle store where Jian puchases the same bicycle with money stolen from his father. While Jian's claim seems phony--since he purchased stolen goods--he and his bully friends want to invalidate Guei's claim, by force if necessary. Eventually a compromise is reached--the bicycle will be shared with each having possession on alternate days--a very unfair compromise-due to Guei's authentic claim and purchase as well as the fact that he actually needs the bicycle for his job-while Jian merely wants the bike to cruise with his friends and impress a girl.

This movie may sound banal in description-but it's actually very well done and quite entertaining.

Some reviewers seem to want to impose their own perceptions of propaganda into this story--but anyone who's ever known the poverty of Guei will understand his commitment to finding and keeping his bicycle--it's as simple as that!

An excellent movie--probably fine for all ages--but there is a brief nude scene with Guei--for those who find such things offensive (no frontal nudity!) and there is some violence-though relatively mild by current standards

Subtitled in English

well worth purchasing
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