Beijing Bicycle
  • Beijing Bicycle
  • Beijing Bicycle

Beijing Bicycle

Director: Wang Xiaoshuai

Cast: Cui Lin, Li Bin, Zhou Xun

     
 

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2002
UPC:
0043396078277
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:53:00

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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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cui Lin Guei
Li Bin Jian
Zhou Xun Qin
Gao Yuanyuan Xiao
Li Ben Jian
Li Shuang Da Huan
Zhao Yiwei Father
Pang Yan Mother
Zhou Fangfei Rong Rong
Xie Jian Manager
Ma Yuhong Accountant
Liu Lei Mantis
Li Mengan Qui Sheng
Li Jianguo Jian's Classmate
Zhang Yang Jian's Classmate
Wang Yuzhong Jian's Classmate
Hui Wei Jian's Classmate
Ji Hua Biker
Ren Houpeng Biker
Zhang Yu Biker
Zhang Lei Xiao's Classmate
Chang Jiayin Xiao's Classmate
Wang Yanan Xiao's Classmate
Liu Jingyi Actor
Zhuang Qingning Actor
Huang Bo Actor
Chen Fanghan Actor
Fu Peng Actor
Li Zhenhua Actor

Technical Credits
Wang Xiaoshuai Director,Screenwriter
Cao Anjun Art Director
Wei Chao Camera Operator
Tsai Chao-Yi Art Director
Chen Chen Sound Editor
Michael Chiao Co-producer
Peggy Chiao Producer,Screenwriter
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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