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23 Ratings

Bicycle Sighs

Jitensha toiki

Directed by Sion Sono
Japan, 1989


Shiro and Keita didn’t manage to enter university and are stuck in their hometown delivering newspapers. Shiro persists on finishing a film they started, but Keita is not very enthusiastic. This poetic and disturbing coming-of-age drama is Sion Sono’s second feature film.

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Bicycle Sighs Directed by Sion Sono

Critics reviews

Like Tsai Ming-liang and Jia Zhangke, Sono is particularly attuned to the importance of sound and off-screen space in minimalist filmmaking. The rattle of a matchbox is repeatedly linked to the rumbling of a distant train and the clickety-clack of bicycle spokes, the soundtrack of Sono’s cluttered and dilapidated industrial hometown. Bicycles suffer terrible damage, but always off-screen (one, buried and resurrected, disintegrates in a series of cuts, like a Méliès trick).
August 08, 2016
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