Beijing Bicycle (Trailer)
China passed Japan to become the world's second-biggest auto market in 2006. And in January, 2009, China overtook the U.S. of A. in monthly vehicle sales in January for the first time ever, says AP:
The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Tuesday that 735,000 vehicles were sold in China in January. That surpasses the 656,976 vehicles sold in the U.S. the same month.
Beijing Bicycle tells the story of a seventeen-year-old country boy who comes to the big city determined to make it. He soon finds a job as a bike messenger in which he gets a small percentage of each delivery, working hard to build up enough credit to eventually own the bike for himself (but, it is promptly stolen): "Cinematographer Lui Jie depicts a very different China, one that is filled with dangerous, meandering alleys and frightening poverty."
"With this masterful, flawless film, [Wang] emerges in the front ranks of China's now numerous, world-renowned filmmakers." -- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times