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Unknown pleasures

Unknown pleasures

A Feature film by Jia Zhang-Ke

Release in France : 22/01/2003

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Co-production :

Celluloid Dreams Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

Celluloid Dreams

Foreign production companies :

E Pictures, T Mark, Hu Tong Communication, Office Kitano

French distribution :

Ad Vitam

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In Northern China, not far from Mongolia, two friends Xiao Ji and Bin Bin, apparently oblivious to the world around them, spend most of their time lounging about. Their main aim is to do as they please, which is to say, not a lot.
Intense Xiao Ji falls madly in love with beautiful Qiao Qiao, the region’s singing star. Bin Bin, who’s more reserved, tries to save his love affair with a young student in any way he can.
Xiao Ji brazenly cruises Qiao Qiao, despite her manager’s presence. This tough, possessive man also happens to be her fiancé. Xiao Ji is vaguely aware that he is playing a dangerous game, but he doesn’t care, for he wants the girl. He is beaten up in a nightclub one evening but comes out of it unscathed, apparently indestructible. Qiao Qiao is touched by his stubbornness mixed with an angelic side. Lonely and isolated, she accepts to sleep with him, just once, in secret.
As for Bin Bin, he applies himself to making more of a mess of his life with each passing day. He is rejected by the army because he has hepatitis, keeps mum about it, and borrows money from Xiao Wu, the local gangster.
Frustrated and unsatisfied, the two friends want something more. They decide to rob a small bank and immediately muck it up with an almost joyful verve. Players with no hope of leaving a mark, they throw themselves into the hands of fate, just for the pleasure of conjuring up the possibility, however fleeting, of hope. It’s 2001. They’re only 19.


Full credits (6)

Screenwriter :

Jia Zhang-Ke

Sound Recordist :

Zhang Yang

Editor :

Chow Keung

Director of Photography :

Yu Lik Wai

Press Attaché (film) :

Matilde Incerti

Production Designer :

Liang Jiang Dong

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Feature film

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Japan, China, France

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Minority French (Japan, China, France)

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1 h 53 min

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Dolby SR

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Festival Selections (3)

Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2003

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2003)


Main Program Section Feature Films

TIFF - 2002

TIFF (Canada, 2002)


Contemporary World Cinema

Cannes International Film Festival - 2002

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 2002)


Official Competition - Feature Films