starring Lin Cui, Xun Zhou, Yuanyuan Gao, Shuang Li
screenplay by Peggy Chiao, Hsiao-ming Hsu, Danian Tang, Xiaoshuai Wang
directed by Xiaoshuai Wang
by Walter Chaw The pivotal scene in Wang Xiaoshuai's Beijing Bicycle comes near the end: a gang of young toughs is chasing a country boy and a city boy through a sprawling labyrinth of houses in a questionable section of Beijing; one says to the other, "What are you doing? This doesn't concern you." The other replies, "I don't know my way out." Beijing Bicycle is a sparsely-written allegory of political oppression that has the visual style of an early Beat Takeshi film and the poetic reticence of the Chinese people. It is more about looks than speeches, pauses than action--and the degree to which each character finds its voice speaks volumes as to the level of self-sufficiency and freedom that each character possesses.