Directed by Je Zhang-Ke
A harrowing look at disillusioned teens growing up
amidst turbulent social changes in contemporary China. Xiao Ji and Bin Bin
spend their days looking for anything to break up the monotony of life in
the dreary city of Datong. Inspired by American gangster films, particularly
Pulp Fiction, video games and anime, the duo hatch a robbery scheme
to finance an escape. Haunting and often humorous, Unknown Pleasures
offers a realistic look at teen alienation and desperation. "...a fiction
with the force of documentary" (J. Hoberman, The Village Voice).
Mandarin with English subtitles. 113 minutes.