Beijing Bastards

Director: Zhang Yuan
Screenwriters: Tang Danian, Cui Jian, Zhang Yuan

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival


A portrait gallery of Chinese youth, Beijing Bastards first Introduces Karzi; a young man who runs a modest music bar. His girlfriend, Maomao, is pregnant and Karzi insists that she have an abortion. She refuses and leaves him In a blend of fiction and reality, the film then moves on to another character, Cui Jian, and his group. Cui Jian is China's first and undoubtedly most famous singer/songwriter. Prey to undeclared censorship, he sees all his requests to organize a concert rejected by the authorities. And his group is out looking for new rehearsal space since their previous land100d has refused to renew the lease with no explanation,

Meanwhile Karzi is frantically looking for Maomao everywhere out of frustration he ends up beating a young stranger in his bar who has gotten into an argument with his girlfriend and is arrested At the end of the film Cui Jian writes a new song. "Tolerance" Karzi shaves his head, In a dark hallway of an abandoned building, a thin ray of light stripes his back, he thinks he can see Maomao giving birth to a child.

Saturday Jan 22 10:20 am
Holiday Village Cinema II


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