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Unknown pleasures

Unknown pleasures

A Feature film by Jia Zhang-Ke

Release in France : 22/01/2003

    Synopsis

    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.

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (4)

    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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    International releases (9)

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    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

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    Mandarin

    Coproducer countries :

    Japan, China, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Japan, China, France)

    Production year :

    2002

    French release :

    22/01/2003

    Runtime :

    1 h 53 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    106.879

    Visa issue date :

    16/02/2002

    Approval :

    No

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)

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    News (2)

    Festival Selections (3)

    Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2003

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2003)

    Selection

    Main Program Section Feature Films

    TIFF - 2002

    TIFF (Canada, 2002)

    Selection

    Contemporary World Cinema

    Cannes International Film Festival - 2002

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 2002)

    Selection

    Official Competition - Feature Films