Ping guo

蘋果 - Ping guo

Lost in Beijing

DVD - 2008 | Chinese
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An-kun works washing the windows of the capital city's skyscrapers while his wife Ping-guo earns a decent wage as a masseuse at a popular parlor. The parlor is owned by Dong, a rich middle-aged businessman who epitomizes China's new money-obsessed society. Their worlds collide after Dong awkwardly forces himself on a vulnerable Ping-guo, not realizing that An-kun, atop his perch outside the office window, is witnessing everything. Seeing this as a moneymaking opportunity, An-kun decides to blackmail Dong. He either has to pay or he gets brought up on charges for rape. But when Ping-guo learns that she's pregnant, the stakes get even higher.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : New Yorker Video, [2008]
ISBN: 9781567304763
Branch Call Number: CHINESE DVD PING GU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 leaflet
Language Note: In Mandarin with optional English subtitles
Alternative Title: Lost in Beijing


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Jul 17, 2018

Lost in Beijing - - not to be confused with those comedy/action movie series, Lost in Hong Kong, Lost in Thailand, et cetera - - was originally pulled from China's theaters and banned altogether. Not surprising as it was a brilliant depiction of the commodification and anomie of the nitty-gritty of urban life in today's China - - a totalitarian state overlaid with pure capitalism; ostensibly banned for its sex scenes which aren't really licentious so much as adding to the grittiness of the movie.
It is extremely rare to view a movie from China at this level of brilliance - - simply because they, the ruling class, will not allow it!
Although many might disagree with me, I have long believed that China and America represent the two most purely mercantilist countries or cultures - - China with its long history of mercantilism, only circumvented by the idiosyncratic Ming Dynasty - - and the much shorter existing USA, whose father of the country should really be John Wanamaker, not George Washington.
Great acting performances all around; not a joyous movie, but certainly an outstanding one!


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