Beijing Bicycle

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Wang Xiaoshuai's charming drama Beijing Bicycle comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The Mandarin soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include theatrical trailers. This is a decent release from Columbia/TriStar that should be of interest to anyone with an interest in Chinese cinema, but there is little here for the average DVD ...
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Wang Xiaoshuai's charming drama Beijing Bicycle comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The Mandarin soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include theatrical trailers. This is a decent release from Columbia/TriStar that should be of interest to anyone with an interest in Chinese cinema, but there is little here for the average DVD consumer.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: Mandarin 2-channel (Dolby Surround); Theatrical trailers; Scene selections; Interative menus
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
The inevitable comparison of Beijing Bicycle to Vittorio De Sica's neorealist classic The Bicycle Theif isn't inappropriate. Both films focus on a working-class male whose bicycle is crucial to his employment, which, in turn, is crucial to his survival. And both depict a city in transition. In De Sica's film, it's Rome rebuilding after World War II; in this story, the backdrop is Beijing, with gleaming skyscrapers and video arcades, not to mention economic opportunities for an immigrant class. Guei (Cui Lin) is a country boy whose determination to make a living as a bicycle messenger is matched by his determination to recover his stolen bike against immense odds. But there is a second striver in this story; Jian (Li Bin), a high-school kid resentful of his father's continual postponement of the purchase of a bicycle. (There are neatly portrayed glimpses of Jian's home life, involving a second marriage for both parents and a favored younger stepsister.) Jian needs a bike to fit in with his buddies as well as to romance a classmate. The middle section of the drama sags a bit with too many scenes of back-and-forth possession of the bike. And the inconclusive ending may leave some viewers indifferent to the characters' fates, but it's possible to see it as reflecting a measure of integrity. The film may prove to be a time capsule in more ways than one, as reports out of Shanghai about authorities curbing bicycle use in that city will surely lead to a Chinese cityscape that will look very different from the one depicted here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • UPC: 043396078277
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Surround
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cui Lin Guei
Li Bin Jian
Zhou Xun Qin
Gao Yuanyuan Xiao
Li Ben Jian
Huang Bo
Zhou Fangfei Rong Rong
Chen Fanghan
Ren Houpeng Biker
Ji Hua Biker
Xie Jian Manager
Li Jianguo Jian's Classmate
Chang Jiayin Xiao's Classmate
Liu Jingyi
Zhang Lei Xiao's Classmate
Liu Lei Mantis
Li Mengan Qui Sheng
Fu Peng
Zhuang Qingning
Li Shuang Da Huan
Hui Wei Jian's Classmate
Pang Yan Mother
Wang Yanan Xiao's Classmate
Zhang Yang Jian's Classmate
Zhao Yiwei Father
Zhang Yu Biker
Ma Yuhong Accountant
Wang Yuzhong Jian's Classmate
Li Zhenhua
Technical Credits
Wang Xiaoshuai Director, Screenwriter
Cao Anjun Art Director
Wei Chao Camera Operator
Tsai Chao-Yi Art Director
Chen Chen Sound Editor
Peggy Chiao Producer, Screenwriter
Michael Chiao Co-producer
Tang Danian Screenwriter
Shi Dong-Ming Co-producer
Tu Duu-chih Sound/Sound Designer
Wang Feng Musical Direction/Supervision
Yang Hongyu Editor
Hsu Hsiao-ming Producer, Screenwriter
Lee Huatong Production Manager
Li Jiajia Makeup
Liu Jie Cinematographer
Hsiao Ju-kuan Editor
Niu Le Art Director
Han Sanping Producer
Tu Tu-chih Sound Mixer, Sound/Sound Designer
Fabienne Vonier Associate Producer
Yu Weijie Art Director
Wang Wenjun Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [2:56]
2. Express Delivery Employees [1:50]
3. Guei [1:38]
4. City Folk [1:50]
5. Carrier Pigeon [3:37]
6. "Here She Comes" [4:27]
7. Seeking Mr. Zhang [5:42]
8. Stolen Bike [4:12]
9. Another Chance [5:52]
10. Xiao [8:19]
11. Attempted Theft [3:05]
12. Stealing Jian's Bike [4:49]
13. The Arcade [3:17]
14. Missing Money [5:24]
15. "He Found It!" [2:50]
16. Head-On Collision [2:51]
17. All Worked Up [2:54]
18. To Catch a Thief [3:47]
19. "You're a Thief!" [5:22]
20. Negotiations [8:35]
21. Qin [4:19]
22. Bike Exchange [2:05]
23. Maid's Tale [1:34]
24. Rainy Day Woman [3:39]
25. A Jealous Guy [4:23]
26. "Keep the Bike" [1:34]
27. Jian on the Run [2:32]
28. Six Against Two [9:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Trailers
      Beijing Bicycle
      The Road Home
      Shadow Magic
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