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Program Title: Unknown Pleasures
EASC Code: CU-02
Series Title:
Region/Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
Director: Jia Zhang-Ke
Producer: Shozo Ichiyama/T-Mark
Release Date: 2002
Running Time: 113 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: Unknown Pleasures follows two 19-year olds, Bin Bin and Ziao Ji, as they wander the streets and hang out in the 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 China, beautifully photographed by famed cineatographer Yu Lik-wai, UNKNOWN PLEASURES cements Zhang-ke's reputation as one of China's most important filmmakers.
Data Entry Date: 9/16/2004