Unknown Pleasures
Unknown Pleasures (2003)

Unknown Pleasures takes place in China, in the small city of Datong, in 2001, where disaffected teenagers look for any kind of excitement to enliven their dreary existence. Bin Bin (Zhao Wei Wei) dates a quiet student, Yuan Yuan (Zhou Qing… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 28, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Rooney

Jia creates some poignant images to convey key transitions in the characters' lives.

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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle

Too much is left unsaid.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the better films of the 21st century.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[Director Zhang-ke] Jia's virtuoso long takes, choreographed mise en scene, and feeling for character and behavior place him in a class by himself.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

A stunning study of ennui.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The film just sits there, staring back at us.

Time Out

Lays bare the tao of contemporary China, like a doctor taking a pulse.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

May be Jia's most concentrated evocation of contemporary China's spiritual malaise.

Jamie Russell

Jia Zhang Ke delivers what may well be his finest work to date.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
I understand what was being done and being said, but in the end it just fails to captivate its viewer. The shots are just too long and the characters are not… More
Jesse Ortega
Meh this movie did nothing for me, I had laughed earlier on in the movie (for the wrong reasons) but other than that this movie is pretty boring. Usually I… More