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8/10
From the official Cui Jian website
An_American_in_Paris10 January 2005
The following information is from the Cui Jian website: BEIJING BASTARDS Synopsis Defying traditional narrative and the linear plot, BEIJING BASTARDS presents a series of episodes from the seemingly aimless lives of a group of young people in contemporary China.

The main protagonist is Karzi, a young owner of a small live-band pub. His pregnant girlfriend, Maomao, disappears after they quarrel one rainy night. Karzi searches for her in vain.

There is also Cui Jian (played by Cui Jian) and his rock'n'roll band which over the last few years has had all applications for public concerts rejected. Now they are faced with losing the only rehearsal room available to them because the owner has decided to terminate their lease without explanation.

Daqing, a jobless writer, volunteers to help his painter friend, "Yellow", to track down a con-man who has swindled the latter out of a sum of money. Daqing offers a 30-yuan reward to shady character to locate the con-man. But instead of forming an alliance, the two get into a fight and end the dinner.

Frustrated and failing to find Maomao, Karzi starts hassling her girlfriends, to the point of forcing one of them to have sex with him. He indulges in marijuana and in his fantasies witnesses Maomao having an abortion.

In the course of the film we see people roaming about, always in search of something. By the end of the film, Cui Jian composes a new song entitled, TOLERATE; Karzi shaves his head; and Daqing fails to raise 30 yuan. In the dark corridor of a deserted building, Karzi finally sees Maomao. She has given birth to a baby. In the distance, Karzi seems to hear it cry…

About The Film BEIJING BASTARDS is the first truly independent film made in China. With the help of the Hubert Bals Fund of the Rotterdam Film Festival, the project was able to go into production in early 1992. Production money was derived from the personal resources of its four producers, Cui Jian, Zhang Yuan, Shu Kei, and Christopher Doylre. Zhang Yuan graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 1989 and directed a series of Cui Jian music videos for MTV, one of which was lensed by Christopher Doyle. Doyle collaborated with Hong Kong filmmaker, Shu Kei, on the latter's directorial feature, SOUL (1986). It was only natural that the four of them would eventually join hands to produce BEIJING BASTARDS.

Principal photography for the film took place entirely in Beijing over 12 months. Shooting was often suspended due to lack of money. Post-production of the film was completed in June 1992 and was made possible with a grant from the French Ministry of Culture.

Ever since BEIJING BASTARDS, other independent films have emerged in China - the products of a whole new breed of independent and experimental Chinese filmmakers.
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8/10
Not a common Chinese movie
how82101731 July 2005
I don't think it's a very awful movie. Zhang Yuan is one of the best director of the six generation, he got reputation by this movie and "dong gong xi gong"(the first movie about homosexuality in China). The group of guys are obsessive or they call themselves "social outsiders". They have their respective pain and love and lifestyle, but all of those are not symmetric with the social moral standard. Actually, I heard lots of vulgarities, but I don't it's indelicate. People talking like this everyday. It's real life, but I have to say that's a little bit rebellious at that age. It is not a very famous movie in China, maybe it was forbidden, I'm not sure. All in all, it was a radical and an experiment in Chinese movies field.
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1/10
total waste
lionel220 July 2003
this movie is of very bad quality. there is no script ( director zhang yuan confessed that there was no script when he started filming ). the style is pretencious ( virtually every spoken line has the 'f**k' word ). this is not a true to life portrait of urban subculture. the director just uses this trick to get some shock value out of it, and to fool the western audience. this really sickens me.

i rate this movie 1 of 10, avoid.
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1/10
Total failure
zzmale16 December 2003
Besides the fact that the Internet movie database has no Zero or Negative scores, the only thing from this movie getting a zero or a negative score is that the singer was played by the real Chinese rock singer, Cui Jian, who also happened to be the first Chinese rock star, who are disliked by many, including me. Cui Jian's failure of venturing into movies is just like that of many western musicians.
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