Beijing taxi

Beijing taxi

DVD - 2010 | Chinese
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"BEIJING TAXI is a feature-length documentary that vividly portrays the ancient capital of China undergoing a profound transformation. The intimate lives of three taxi drivers are seen through a humanistic lens as they navigate a quickly morphing city, confronting modern issues and changing values. The three protagonists radiate a warm sense of humanity despite the struggles that each faces in adapting to new realities of life in the modern city. With stunning imagery of Beijing and a contemporary score rich in atmosphere, BEIJING TAXI communicates a visceral sense of the common citizens' persistent attempts to grasp the elusive. The 2008 Summer Olympic Games serve as the backdrop for BEIJING TAXI's story, a coming out party for a rising nation and a metaphor for Chinese society and its struggles to reconcile enormous contradictions while adjusting to a new capitalist system that can seem foreign to some in the Communist-ruled and educated society. Candid and perceptive in its filming approach and highly cinematic and moody in style, BEIJING TAXI takes us on a lyrical journey through fragments of a society riding the bumpy roads to modernization. Though its destination unknown, the drivers continue to forge ahead.."--Beijing Taxi website.
Published: [New York] : Three Waters Productions, [2010]
Branch Call Number: DVD 951.156 BEI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (78 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title (Original Script): 北京出租


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Nov 12, 2014

This is an interesting documentary about Cab Drivers in Beijing. I enjoyed watching it.

Jan 06, 2014

This film shows modern China through different perspectives. It is not pretentious, but it also lacks a strong theme. It's just an interesting look into the daily lives of a few specific people.

Nov 28, 2012

Fairly bland documentary that follows the lives of three Beijing taxi drivers in the run-up to the Olympics.

Sep 06, 2011

Mundane documentary on how the Beijing Olympic games changed the lifes of three taxi-drivers in Beijing between 2006 to end of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. A great disappointment that opportunity to tell some great stories on social changes due to the Olympic Games was lost.


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