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A.k.a.
Unknown Pleasures
Year
2002
Runtime
112 min.
Director
Zhangke Jia
Genres
Drama, Comedy
Rating *
6.9
Votes *
1,665
Checks
499
Favs
25
Dislikes
10
Favs/checks
5.0% (1:20)
Favs/dislikes
3:1
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    Jettrink4

    Nice Pulp Fiction reference! 4 years 8 months ago
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    Siskoid

    It's hard to get into Jia Zhangke's Unknown Pleasures at first, with its ugly digital video and listless characters, but what feels at first like raw documentary footage soon becomes a more cinematic experience. Certainly, cinephiles have a false sense of China. We're more likely to have seen its action spectaculars, lavish historical dramas, and/or product from Hong Kong. But what's mainland China really like? Unknown Pleasures dares show it. it's poor, it's depressed, its adults have given up, and its youth, raised on a mix of Chinese and Western influences, oscillates between bleak nihilism and YOLO. The key image for me is that of Xiao Ji, one of the three young people we follow, sitting on a stalling motorcycle. These characters have the will to do something, but no means to do so. And so in this squalor we don't only come to understand 2002's China, but a more universal feeling, that of living in a world that doesn't have anything to offer us except quick, destructive pleasures. Some have called this film aimless; I don't agree. It has direction, but like its pause-filled, awkward dialog, the world keeps stalling its characters in place. 4 years 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #60 in Tom Vick's Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  2. This movie ranks #443 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
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