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593 Ratings


Xích lô

Directed by Trần Anh Hùng
Vietnam, France, 1995
Crime, Drama


A young man who struggles through life by earning some money with his bicycle-taxi in Saigon establishes contact with a group of criminals. They introduce him to the mafia-world of drugs and crime.

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Cyclo Directed by Trần Anh Hùng

Critics reviews

It’s a tribute to Tran’s vision that for all the radical differences in tone and texture and scale between The Scent of Green Papaya and Cyclo both emerge as essentially expressionist works—movies taking place inside the filmmaker’s head. But if the first film most often suggested a peaceful, meditative reverie, the comparably fluid Cyclo unfolds like a protracted nightmare.
November 01, 1996
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If this film holds a grim fascination at times, that’s because it has an almost sensationalist, tabloid-exposé feel: ’Here’s what Saigon has sunk to today!’ But I couldn’t get into Cyclo at all; for me, neither of the extremes that in concert create the grunge effect in cinema work well or sit right here.
November 01, 1996
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