Recent period piece:Beijing at a cross-roads: bicycles still dominating the roads, labyrinthine hutongs and migrants struggling to make ends meet. The bicycle is both symbolic and also a very real tool of social empowerment. Obvious allusions to The Bicycle Thieves, but works very well decontextualised as a study of the struggles to survive, be accepted and reach self-realisation in a competitive and hostile world.
Ispirato a "Ladri di Biciclette" di De Sica ne conserva tutto il neorealismo nel proporre un ritratto schietto della gioventù cinese e di un paese che non finirà mai di stupirci per le sue infinite contraddizioni
I like the simplicity of the story, but it's constantly in the shadow of (the far superior) Bicycle Thieves. There's too many annoying moments in the narrative where the main character doesn't explain a misunderstanding (which may well resolve a conflict). This draws out the already thin story, but, to the film's credit, it's executed with solid direction.
Heavily story driven with little in the way of character depth and development. The marginal characters are really marginal and superfluous as they neither advance story nor character. It is nonetheless a very good effort.
A stubborn country boy and proud teenager fight over a bicycle. This set-up provides moments of sadness and poignancy but is dragged out for too long. Blows opportunity to make something meaningful out of this little opera.
What a bunch of delinquents, the characters feel very one-dimensional. In a way communicates passion. Determination. Survival instinct. But hard to connect with. Beijing bicycle symbol of freedom and independence. My heart goes to country boy Guei, the only one with any integrity.