Xiao Wu (1998)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Comedy  |   Run Time - 113 min.  |   Countries - China, Hong Kong  |  
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Jia Zhang Ke made his directorial debut with this low-budget 16mm film shot in his hometown with non-professional actors. Small time Fenyang thief and pickpocket Xiao Wu is insulted when a now-respectable former thief doesn't send him a wedding invitation. At a karaoke bar, Xiao Wu meets Mei Mei, instructed to join him because she won't sing or dance. The two are on the brink of a relationship, but she soon departs. He visits his parents in a neighboring village, encountering rejection yet again. Shown at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival.

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thief, pickpocket, rejection, wedding, bar [pub], invitation, karaoke