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Cyclo [All Region] [import]

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  • Actors: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Le Van Loc, Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Nhu Quynh Nguyen, Hoang Phuc Nguyen
  • Directors: Anh Hung Tran
  • Format: Import, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Vietnamese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00124WALU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,219 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Johnson VINE VOICE on 24 April 2013
Format: DVD
This film is from Vietnam, and set in Saigon, around 1995. The city is rife with corruption, and under the control of organised crime. The lead character is struggling to make a living, as a driver of a pedal-cycle taxi, called a Cyclo. Although this film deals with the criminal underworld, and the issues of prostitution and murder, it has a slow pace, and little or no action. However, don't let that put you off, as there is marvellous cinematography, and a glimpse into a little-known culture and society.

To most of us, Vietnam means war films, like `Platoon', or `Full Metal Jacket'. Americans wandering around shooting people, with the Vietnamese shown as fanatical, black pyjama-wearing guerrillas. This film gives us the opportunity to look at the country after that war, through the eyes of the Vietnamese themselves, and you will be surprised at what you see.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter Scott-presland on 23 Feb 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The cover of my version of "Cyclo" bandies comparisons with Tarantino and Scorsese. Anyone expecting Tarantino levels of action and suspense will be disappointed. Anyone who likes "Mean Streets" will know exactly where this film is coming from. This Vietnamese movie explores the relationship between crime and poverty, as a brother (Le Van Loc) and sister (Tran Nu Yen-Khe) are drawn respectively into gang crime and prostitution. The boy's story, gradually getting deeper and deeper into violence and drugs, is the more conventional, and it's difficult to escape the feeling we have seen it all before. The girl's situation is more interesting, in that her pimp (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) is also a poet, withdrawn and mournful, who gradually becomes more and more involved with her. Eventually, consumed by guilt when the girl is severely mutilated by a client into sado-masochism, he kills himself by setting fire to his house. The boy, off his head on drugs, tries to shoot himself but bungles it.

The other quirky aspect of the movie is that the Big Boss of the criminal organisation which ultimately controls both siblings, is a woman (Nhu Qhynh Nguyen) with a disabled son whom she looks after devotedly. When he dies, her distraught grief leads her to let Cyclo off the hook, and hence we have a rather artificial happy ending.

The main protagonist of the film is the city of Hanoi itself - teeming, insanitary, uncaring. And the director films it in much the same way as Scorsese films New York - mainly at night, in glaring, almost surreal colours.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
If You Liked "City of God," You'll Love Cyclo! 7 May 2004
By Charles Scott Bennett - Published on
Format: DVD
This movie should come with a warning cause it's simply dynamite! However, it's not for beginners. If you want to see some romanticized view of exotic beauty in foreign lands, grab some wine and your honey, and see Tran Ahn Hung's other movies, like "The Scent of Green Papaya". That movie, although dealing with serious issues, is like 'Reality Lite'. You can ignore aspects of the human experience that plague the mind of your inner insomniac. But "Cyclo" is no joke! This here is some powerful stuff. Not for beginners, this! And, what could be better than Cyclo on DVD?! I can see my favorite parts anytime and instantly transport myself to my own private VietNam. Cool.
If you are familiar with popular cinema from Asia, you know the system's are not like American movies. Often certain popular actors are routinely coupled. I find this habit refreshing, especially here. In some ways, the more films you see the more shades there are to an actors ability in the big picture. On a small scale, the film makers bank on the public seeing more films since certain famous pairings generate the feeling that the actors are like your old friends. If you don't feel manipulated by this tactic, it can be the cinematic equivalent of a fun time at an amusement park, when you're with your way-out-of-town friends, always taking different rides.
Furthermore, as far as East Asian Cinema goes, in my experience, as with all world cinema, you don't know what's it's all about until it's over. This film, like much of world cinema, is not trying to spoonfeed you. This movie gets 'heavy'. But if you stay with it, the whole of the film and the story within are very gratifying.
As far as my criteria for a good flick goes, this one meets my standard for world cinema, and far surpasses American commercial films. The editing is seemless. The actors are fluid and charismatic as always (Remember, old friends are we). The cinematography is stunning. The script has a definite feeling of realism. These characters say what they really would say (and maintain appropriate silences too), not that I know what a struggling Vietnamese escort or cabbie would say. But, dig this, a good story like this feels real, draws you in, shows you things you never saw woven into a story that holds you 'til the credits, and stays with you after, spinning in your mind in true 'twist-a plot' fashion, ya? If you let yourself into the world of these characters, alternate possibilities will come to mind when it's through.
Aside: Those of you who love Hong Kong film will enjoy seeing Tony Leung here - very believable and adorable! Secondly, and most important, DON'T EAT PORK BEFORE YOU SEE THIS MOVIE!!!! Nuff said.
I won't ruin the story by divulging any specific special parts or attributes of the film. My (somewhat pompous) point is, I saw the movie... The movie was good.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A hidden gem 16 Jan 2000
By Kuroneko1 - Published on
Tran Anh Hung's follow up work to Scent of Green Papaya really excited me long before it's release. It was shot in contemporary Saigon and reflected the street life of a country which opens up it's doors to the rest of the world slowly and suspecting. Film is beatifully shot and well acted, especially camera work with all the colours that makes this film so real and in a way, looks breathing as a live thing. Story is told in a very emotional as well as stone cold real way thus melting both notions with touches of humanity, regret,innocence and lots of serious violence which for my point of view , gets as real as camera can be. Like in the most of the Asian cultural scene past and present , sadness and misery plays a great deal of importance in the lives of people circled with hopelessness and very limited choices. Film's success comes from it's poetic images which actually floats in the scene as we actually witness their actions and surroundings as real. This is a movie which actually touches peoples hearts and souls without pretending to do so. This film is a true classic of the new Asian cinema which will undeniably be the succesor of the slow dying and ever pretending euro cinema and a definite wach for all the true movie lovers.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Visually and Poetically Powerful... 12 April 2004
By Kim Anehall - Published on
Format: DVD
A young man has already lived a long life as he has lost his parents and must work as a bicycle taxi driver in Ho-Chi-Min-City where he lives with his sister and grandfather. He struggles as his bicycle is stolen by the company from which he is renting it, and now he must turn to crime in order to pay for it. The world of crime is inviting as it offers fast money, but it is a ruthless world. As he is away from home his sister turns to prostitution in order to advance in society and she is managed by the same character who is controlling his life in the criminal world. Cyclo is visually powerful with a deep socioeconomic and cinematic complexity as it depicts the tragedy of wanting.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
a modern view of life in saigon not ho chi minh 9 Mar 2000
By l nguyen - Published on
In the tradition of foreign films, this movie reveals a world that is either misunderstood or ignored: the ordinary life of a young man trying to survive in a place that is unforgiving and unyielding. Our tragic hero is none other than an ordinary average guy forced to fend for himself amoung the company of thieves, prostitutes, and other ordinary average people like himself all trying to eek out a living in a city that puts new york to sleep. He is introduced into the world of cyclo drivers (dominated by s. viet vets) and later graduates into the a world of crime and finally returns to resume as an average cyclo driver.
The film portrays how brutal life really is in modern day saigon for some of her inhabitants. Utilizing the most realistic urban scenery, the director shows how only the strongest survive and the weakest are ignored in urban sprawls. Saigon and its faceless inhabitants are never the same to someone who sees this movie for the first time. The movie gives its viewers a glimpse into a world that no one outside, or inside in some instances, of saigon will ever see: true life in the eyes of a nobody in a modern city.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"Nameless Is The River, Colorless Is The Flower" ~ The Urban Jungle Of Saigon 21 Nov 2005
By Brian E. Erland - Published on
Format: DVD
Note: Vietnamese with English subtitles.

Far from the lush tropical family gardens present in 'The Scent of Green Papaya' and the majestic landscapes seen in 'The Vertical Ray of the Sun' Anh Hung Tran's second installment in this trilogy of films explores the seamy underbelly of urban Vietnam. Street gangs, prostitution and the endless pursuit of trying to survive for one more day is definitely a departure from his other two films.

Young eighteen year old Cyclo works day and night as a bicycle taxi driver. When his cycle is stolen by a local street gang he is unable to earn a living and is eventually forced against his will to become a criminal. Meanwhile his sister is also lead astray by the quietly charming 'Poet' who leads her into the world of prostitution. The families hopelessness and desperation grows as the story unfolds and one is left to wonder if those caught in such unfortunate circumstances have any hope at all of ever escaping a world of such immense corruption and greed.

Anh Hung Tran's answer to this question is apparently found symbolically in the imagery of food, particularily fruit. In all three of Tran's films there is a scene of a mellon of some kind being meticulously cut open to reveal the moist, dormant seedlings slumbering within. I can only guess that such scenes are meant as a metaphor of new life and renewed hope always waiting to spring forth into the light of day and replace that which is forever passing away. While this may serve as an intriguing symbol to some, it hardly instills within the viewer much hope for the characters on the screen.

The incredibly beautiful Tran Nu Yen-Khe once again plays one of the principal characters (Cyclo's sister), along with the talented and immensely popular Asian superstar Tony Leung (Poet) and Le Van Loc in the starring role as Cyclo. As always, Anh Hung Tran's visual artisty is second to none and Tran Nu Yen-Khe is an absolute delight to watch.
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