A voyage through contemporary Beijing in the taxi of the philandering Dezi. His wandering between destinations and women is much like Beijing’s own search for identity between disappearing ancient values and an uncertain future. Adding to the challenges of daily life in post-Maoist China is the delusion of loving a modern world which doesn’t love in return.
Born in Beijing, she spent her childhood during the turbulent years of the Cultural Revolution. She studied cinema at Beijing Film Academy and later at Italy’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, where she met influential masters such as Fellini, Antonioni and Bernardo Bertolucci who appointed her as assistant director for his epic The Last Emperor. Soon after she began directing her own films for the Beijing Film Studio in China, and her works have won ample recognition from international film critics and festivals. In 2003 she has been fellow at Harvard University Asia Center. In 2005 she was awarded as “Cavaliere” by the President of the Republic of Italy. She’s been jury member of numerous international film festivals such as Berlin, Locarno, Torino, Yamagata, etc. She was nominated among 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005, by Peace Women Across the Globe association. She is currently living and working in Beijing where since 2008, besides her regular filmmaking… read more
After the fine films "For Fun" and "On the Beat" Ning Ying moved into a more untraditional storytelling for her third feature. " I Love Beijing" follows a cab driver through his relationships with different women and gives us a feel for life in the city circa 2000. The dynamic between men and women is well expressed as is the undercurrent of rural vs citylife. Not as successful as her previous features but fair.
Why did I not hear about Ning Ying until Mubi started showing her works? I can tell from this film alone that she is a major talent. "I Love Beijing" didn't age well, though - it looks and sounds hopelessly 90's, but its heart and soul shines through. It is indeed gritty, and rings true with authenticity. Highly recommended.
I Love Beijing is a convincing film about a bleak life in a Chinese city, dreary landscapes of pollution, concrete, and rundown living conditions. Although this film succeeds in portraying a difficult… read review