"I Love Beijing"
Directed by Ning Ying
The third film in director Ning Ying's "Beijing
Trilogy," this romantic drama follows the fortunes of a young cab driver who
is depressed because of a recent divorce. He turns his personality around to
become a ladies man, wooing a waitress, a librarian, and then a talk-show
host. Lost in the dating wars, he longs to find the love of his life in the
rapidly changing city of Beijing. The trilogy is structured around different
generations and their responses to the fast-paced lifestyle and rapid
changes of China's capital city. While I Love Beijing focuses on the
heartbreak of young love, For Fun concerns the elderly and China's
disappearing traditions and cultural values, and On the Beat features
middle-aged characters who can't cope with the "new China." Winner of the
Don Quixote Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Mandarin with English
subtitles. 99 minutes.