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Unknown Pleasures (2002)

Ren xiao yao (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 22 January 2003 (France)
Two unemployed Chinese teenagers have trouble resisting the temptations of the Western world.

Director:

Zhangke Jia (as ZhangKe Jia)

Writer:

Zhangke Jia
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Wei Wei Zhao Wei Wei Zhao ... Bin Bin
Qiong Wu Qiong Wu ... Xiao Ji
Tao Zhao ... Qiao Qiao
Qing Feng Zhou Qing Feng Zhou ... Yuan Yuan
Hongwei Wang Hongwei Wang ... Xiao Wu
Ru Bai Ru Bai ... Bin Bin's mother
Xi An Liu Xi An Liu ... Xiao Ji's father
Shou Lin Xu Shou Lin Xu ... Sister Zhu
Dao Xiao Dao Xiao ... Mr. Ren
Zi Ying Zi Ying ... Concubine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zhubin Li Zhubin Li ... Qiao San
Min Liu Min Liu ... Policeman
Ai Jun Ren Ai Jun Ren ... The Hairdresser
Limin Wang Limin Wang ... The Karaoke Customer (as Wang Li Min)
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Storyline

Two unemployed slackers, neither with job prospects nor motivation, hang out in sheltered town in China trying to make sense of their aimless and uncertain futures. As youths, they struggle for individual freedom and the social responsibility that comes along with it. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

China | Japan | South Korea | France

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

22 January 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Unknown Pleasures See more »

Filming Locations:

Datong, Shanxi, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,628, 30 March 2003

Gross USA:

$11,254

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,901
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mandarin title refers to a song by Richie Jen See more »

Connections

References Platform (2000) See more »

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Gritty but boring
19 June 2003 | by alexduffy2000See all my reviews

I saw this film at the IFP LA Film Festival on June 16, 2003. It started out pretty well, but became aimless and sort of meandered. I couldn't root for any of the characters. The background of economically depressed mainland China is interesting, but only for a while. After half an hour, I wanted characters I cared about, but this movie didn't have any. It's not that the young actors weren't talented, it's just that the script was anti-climatic and didn't leave me wanting more, I just wanted the movie to end.


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