Unknown Pleasures

Ren xiao yao


China, Japan, France, South Korea | 2002 | Color | 113 min | Jia Zhangke



Director: Jia Zhangke

Screenplay: Jia Zhangke

Producer: Ichiyama Shozo, Li Kit-ming
Cinematography: Nelson Yu
Editing: Keung Chow

Sound: Yang Zhang, Bing Han

Production Company: E-Pictures, Hu Tong Communications, Lumen Films, Office Kitano, T-Mark

Cast: Wei Wei Zhao, Qiong Wu, Zhao Tao, Ru Bai, Wang Hongwei, Qing Feng Zhou, Xi An Liu, Shou Lin Xu, Dao Xiao, Ren Ai Jun, Zi Ying

Sinopsis / Synopsis:

Nineteen years old and jobless best friends Xiao Ji and Binbin spend lots of time just hanging around. Xiao Ji puts the move on pretty Qiao Qiao, a dancer-model with a thug boyfriend. Bin Bin is considering enlisting in the army but is not overly convinced it may be his only way out. For a nonchalant generation that sees the future dictated by financial gain, it’s sometimes too difficult to resist the temptation of easy money. Especially when they don’t see the point of living past 30.

Biografía / Biography:

Jia Zhangke (1970, China) is a director, screenwriter and producer. He grew up in Fenyang, Shanxi province. He graduated from the film academy in Beijing in 1997. His first feature, Pickpocket (1998), won him awards at film festivals in Berlin, Pusan, Vancouver and others. With films like Platform (2000) and Still Life (2006) he became a prominent figure in the film scene, both in China and the rest of the world. Many of his films have been shown at renowned film festivals such as Rotterdam, Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, San Sebastián and New York among others. Still Life  won the Golden Lion in Venice in 2006, A Touch Of Sin won the Best Screenplay prize in Cannes in 2013 and Mountains May Depart and Ash Is Purest White were in competition in Cannes 2015 and 2018. In 2015, he was awarded the Golden Coach to honour his entire body of work. Jia is at the forefront of China’s indie cinema. His films often blur the line between fiction and documentary.


Festivales / Festivals:

Cannes Film Festival, 2002, France

Locarno International Film Festival, 2015, Switzerland

Toronto International Film Festival, 2002, Canada

International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2003, The Netherlands