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Unknown Pleasures (2000)
Starring: Wei Wei Zhao, Qiong Wu, Qing Feng Zhou, Hong Wei Wang, Ru Bai
Director: Jia Zhang-ke
Category: Avant Garde, Foreign
Studio: New Yorker
113 mins



Unknown Pleasures follows two 19-year olds, Bin Bin and Xiao Ji, as they wander the streets and hang out in pool halls, dance clubs, and karaoke bars looking for excitement. Sparks fly when Xiao Ji meets a beautiful dancer, and Bin Bin pursues romance with a young student. Taking a cue from American crime movies, the temptation of easy money becomes too alluring and in a final attempt to break free, Xiao Ji and Bin Bin embark on a half-baked plan to rob a bank.

A harrowing account of disillusioned young people living in China, beautifully photographed by famed cinematographer Yu Lik-wai, Unknown Pleasures cements Zhang-ke's reputation as one of China's most important filmmakers.


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