2012   China Beijing Blues
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Director:Qunshu Gao
Studio:Beijing Yuanxin International Culture and Media
Writer:Qunshu Gao
IMDb Rating:6.6 (210 votes)
Awards:3 wins & 2 nominations
Duration:116 min
Qunshu Gao  ...  (Director)
Qunshu Gao  ...  (Writer)
Lixian Zhang  ...  
Di Wu  ...  Cinematographer
Qianqian Kong  ...  (as Wen Juan Kong)
Yun Peng Zhou  ...  Composer
Hongyu Yang  ...  Editor
Comments: I imagine this film took honors at the Golden Horse Awards (very unusual for a mainland film) because it portrays Beijing as a place full of scammers and troublemakers. It's one of those films that I'm sure is even better than I experienced it … it's full of fast talking, street talking everyday people and con artists, and the subtitles don't keep up. My experience was almost like watching it without subtitles. A bit of a Columbo-like adventure about a cop who uses homespun ingenuity to capture a criminal, the story is fairly simple but the plot points are complex. I'm sure there is a lot of subtlety to the film that escaped me. It's also odd that this Award Winner is so low-budget indie. Definitely a worthwhile enigma of a film for folks on this board.

Summary: The unique feature of his film is the actors – they are not professional but celebrities on micro-blogs. Among micro-bloggers in the cast are publisher Zhang Lixian, folk singer Zhou Yunpeng andscreenwriter Shi Hang.

The film is based on the true story of a Beijing plainclothes policeman named Zhang Huiling,who has been working for more than 10 years in Shuangyushu, a community of HaidianDistrict, Beijing. It depicts the stories of ordinary Chinese people struggling in the metropolis.

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