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Beijing Bicycle (2001)

1 rating: 3.0
Art House & International movie directed by Xiaoshuai Wang

"Think of yourselves as the carrier pigeons of today!" instructs the manager of a bicycle delivery service. A young man from the country named Guei works diligently at this new job, eager to pay off the company bicycle and make it his own. … see full wiki

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
Genre: Foreign
1 review about Beijing Bicycle (2001)

I Hate It & Love It

  • Sep 28, 2007
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. To some the movie may sound crazy but this guy did nothing wrong and ends up in a series of truly unfortunate events. He needs the bike to get money to live and the punk kid wants a bike to impress girls and ride around with his friends. Honestly the real genius lies in these characters, what some people may hate I believe are great performances by Cui Lin. He is a powerful character and looks and acts very realistic, trust me you'll feel him.

I did find the movie very frustrating at times cause the repetitive beatings got on my nerves. Also I think the director messed up by focusing a greater majority of time on Jing's life when Guei's could've developed and become and really become the sole of the story and not the bike itself. Guei is the more powerful actor and character. Overall this was a decent film that could've been better. The dialogue was not so good, when you expect or really want someone to speak nothing happens and your left with too many minutes of silence. There are a few unexpected things that come and a little bit of comedy. Once again that acting made this movie what it is and Cui Lin one great actor. Would I watch this movie again? Maybe not for a while but it is definitely worth at least one watch.

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