Analysis Of Beijing Bicycle, Directed By Wang Xiaoshuai
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Chinese Film Final
Hook: Two men walk into a store. One is dressed in a three-quarter black business suit; his hair is gelled back and he stands in a confident pose as he stares ahead. While the other man looks downward, his hands in his baggy gray sweatshirt and he smells of alcohol. How people portray themselves can cause stereotypes and judgments to be formed within a blink of an eye. A person may read in the newspaper the next day on how a store was robbed and instantly think it was the suspicious looking man, the one with the baggy clothes. Why is this? Humans and people, in general, have always based their perceptions on people for what they look like. This all has to do with the media and social influences on how an image is made to be relevant.
Thesis: The image that people portray themselves as character Guei and Jian in Beijing Bicycle, directed by Wang Xiaoshuai, presents the faces of Beijing 's youth and alludes to the disillusion of migrants from the country. The juxtaposition of Guei and Jian is particularly it contrasts the relation to the bicycle, highlights their differences in social standing and status.
Historical context: Social standing and status have dated back to 1982. The urban population in China has gone from approximately 20% to 55%. This is one of the largest human migrations in history. Most of this migration has been in direct response to the opening up of China’s economy under Deng Xiaoping and the development of special economic zones, mostly located in the eastern part of China. Beijing is one of these special zones and being on the eastern seaboard of China, has seen tremendous growth along with cities like Tianjin and Shanghai. Currently, the migrant populati...
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...he cultural influence of Western technology has brought Chinese culture to base people on appearances and reflects on persons social standing. Using the object of the bicycle is key to the existence of maintaining that moral standing as it does for Guei.The film is a great reminder that while China is quite a rising power, this is not without a cost to its people. As a result, of the plan to "let a few people get rich first," the divides between the country and city folk and even urban poor and urban rich are constant reminders of China 's rapid economic growth over the past few decades. The film resembles modern China—a prosperous nation where people living in cities with populations exceeding millions can be left isolated and alone to fend for themselves in dark, dank corners due to a failure to adapt to China 's industrialization, globalization, and modernization.