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Cyclo (Xich lo)

Rating:No Rating
Release Date:August 1, 1996
Running time:129 minutes
Cast:Le Van Loc, Nhu Quynh Nguyen, Tran Nu Yên-Khê, Ngo Vu Quang Hal, Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Director:Anh Hung Tran
Producer:Christophe Rossignon
Writer:Anh Hung Tran, Trung Binh Nguyen
Distributor:Cinépix Film Properties Inc.

Description: A cyclo is a bicycle-drawn taxi similar to a rickshaw, and, in this story, the nickname of an 18-year-old boy trying to scrape together a living in the desperate poverty of Ho Chi Mihn City. Cyclo lives with his grandfather (Le Kinh Huy) and two sisters (Tran Nu Yen-Khe and Pham Ngoc Lieu), and drives his taxi for a bitter woman (Nhu Quynh Nguyen) who devotes most of her time to her mentally unstable son (Bjuhoang Huy). When the pedal-cab is stolen, Cyclo is forced into a life of crime to repay the debt and falls in with a group of petty thugs led by a self-styled poet (Tony Leung Chiu Wai). What Cyclo doesn't know at first is that the poet is also a pimp, and he's been using his romantic wiles to lure Cyclo's older sister into a career as a prostitute. Cyclo was directed by Tran Anh Hung, whose breakthrough film was the acclaimed drama The Scent of Green Papaya.~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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