(aka "Pickpocket" )

directed by Jia Zhang-Ke
China 1997

Filmed with non actors and without an actual script, “Xiao Wu” follows the attempt of a petty thief in a provisional ruin to find foothold in a rapidly changing China. Not only is China changing, but his friends are as well: They are becoming respectable, married and investing their illegal money in legal business. There is a constant sensation of Bresson and Wenders in the inability of Wu to act, in his angst and alienation. Far from being Chinese Neo Neo Realism, Jia is dedicated to his character, whom he layer by layer unmasks and ultimately exposes completely naked. out of     

Henrik Sylow

Theatrical Release: May 2nd, 1998

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DVD Review: Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review!

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Runtime 1:50:22 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

4:3 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.95 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio 2.0 Mandarin
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 4:3

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DVD Release Date: February 23rd, 2004
Chapters 12

Comments The film was shot with a video camera, then blow up to 35mm. As a result hereof, the film is very grainy and "flat" in color.

 - Henrik Sylow

 


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