A voyage through contemporary Beijing in the taxi of the philandering Dezi. His aimless wanderings between destinations and women are much like Beijing’s own search for identity between disappearing ancient values and an uncertain future.
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Not a perfect film, but a truly fascinating, yet unpretentious (despite the title) portrait of a city. I discovered this on Mubi while scrolling Chinese films from my PS3 – and watched it without knowing anything about either the film or the director. So all in all a pleasant discovery – very glad I've watched this before visiting Beijing for the first time in my life.
Great insight into 2000's Beijing. Acting is very good in my opinion. At times I almost felt watching a documentary. It explores the conflict between ancient traditions and modern life, and follows daily (and night) routines of a taxi driver. I wonder how Beijing has changed over 15 years, and how today's version of this film would be!
I loved this movie.
It's a great picture of Beijing, the point of view of a little bit alienated taxi driver that struggles between his hard job and his private life.
I always feel very interesting the way asians describe feelings with few words and beautiful pictures.
It's a beautiful, great movie.
"Driver, have you ever had your heart broken?"
"All those words of love, are still in my heart, even without him."
A narrative incredibly reminiscent of Wong Kar-Wai's early work except without many of the visual flourishes and with a tendency for lo-fi normcorm-esque filming & the 'exploring-a-city-via-wandering' mentality the Italian Neo-realists had back in the 1950's. For a film that seems to be billed as a love letter to a city, it is surprisingly downbeat and unwilling to romanticise within the endless jungle of concrete.
A frantically edited, intensely mobile and slyly elliptical look at fidelity and promiscuity. A Beijing cab driver who is far too attached to the grubby allure of the 'exclusive' types he shuttles from place to place, sees his empty marriage fall apart through inattention and infidelity. Ning Ying's camera explores the characters and their relationship to Beijing by creating images that cannot be taken at face value.