Ping Guo (Lost in Beijing)
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Mainland writer/director Li Yu teams with producer and screenwriter Fang Li for this tale of money and love in the Chinese capitol. Lin Dong (Tony Leung Kar-fai) is a resourceful entrepreneur from the southern province of Guangdong who has risen through the ranks to become the manager of the highly profitable Golden Basin Foot Massage Parlor. The popular parlor is staffed by a group of attractive young girls that includes Liu Pingguo (Fan Bingbing) and Xiaomei (Zeng Meihuizi), two Guangdong natives who are also looking for a better life in the big city. One night, after some heavy drinking,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Begins with a wild coincidence and goes rapidly downhill from there, becoming one of the most unintentionally hilarious tragedies in quite some time."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Too serious for comedy and too improbable to achieve much impact as social melodrama, it works best as a showcase for its actors, all of whom bring more depth to the material than it achieves on its own."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"A monotonous sordid melodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"You don't wind up thinking much of any of these characters. Sympathy is lost somewhere around the time the frantic camera style makes you dizzy."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"As messy a dysfunctional relationship drama as you could hope to witness on screen. How do you say 'Jerry Springer' in Mandarin?"
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"The film benefits from solid performances by its four stars, but it is overly didactic and drawn-out as its comic tone grows darker and darker."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The sex is sufficient (if you care), the acting is good, and the shots of Beijing's streets and highways are interesting. But the story is contrived."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Li cements her status as a Chinese director to watch."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Lost in Beijing tells the story of a man who, when his wife becomes pregnant after being raped by her employer, enters into a series of financial negotiations with him."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"whatever meaning the film might have had about China's disaffected, new striving capitalists is lost in the chaos and clutter"
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"Though the film's emotional tone is blurry -- toward the end it swerves away from farce and back toward anguish - its social criticism could hardly be more clear."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"When a rapist (Tony Leung) is the second-most sympathetic character in a story about greed, duplicity and adultery among four people, it needs a more forgiving audience than me."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Lost In Beijing is most noted for several thumb-nosing gratuitous sex scenes that got the movie reprimanded by the censors back home."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Fang Li should be applauded for his courageous efforts to address taboo subjects of sex and politics, even while one may question certain aspects of his films."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"An engaging parable about the dire effects of giving in to the Western obsession with money."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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