Following Dezi in a mosaic of scenes from his taxi driver life in Beijing in the late 1990s, the film takes a surprisingly deep and interesting turn the closer it is to its end. Accompanied by modern music both the camera and editing are providing a very distinct feeling all the characters are feeling - a feeling of change and of being lost in a vastly modernising city. A good example of the Chinese urban cinema.
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."
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!
A naturalistic portrait of a city going through change through a portrait of one of its citizens. *metaphors flying about everywhere*.The insight into Beijing life, visually and culturally, in 2000 is enjoyable. The style does drag and the characters are irritating, but perhaps thats the point. I'd like to see what a similar film set there would look like now.
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.