Unknown Pleasures (2002)

ZHANGKE JIA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Ren Xiao Yao

South Korea/France/Japan/China, 2002E-Pictures, Hu Tong Communications, Lumen Films, , T-Mark.  Screenplay by Zhangke Jia.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 2002.  Toronto International Film Festival 2002.

Part of that wonderful school of eastern cinema that focuses on the moments between when things actually happen, with directors like Jia Zhangke making something bewitching out of the calm realism that they observe.  This subtle charmer focuses on two young men trying to keep busy despite being unemployed, with one of them becoming fixated on a local singing star while the other is dating a university student.  They shop, they walk, they contemplate, and it all looks terrific and holds your interest throughout.

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