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Contains the films that make up the Hometown Trilogy; Unknown Pleasures, Platform and Pick Pocket Contains the films that make up the Hometown Trilogy; Unknown Pleasures, Platform and Pick Pocket
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In 'Pickpocket' (1998), a pickpocket and petty criminal whose friends have made it clear they want nothing to do with him, wanders the streets of Fengyang, growing increasingly alienated as a result of his failure to relate meaningfully to anyone, or to understand the changing times of his country.

'Platform' (2000), is based around a theatrical troupe who, in 1979, perform works extolling the achievements of Chairman Mao. Everything begins to change when they are called together and told that state policy now requires them to incorporate Western elements into their performances and also to fend for themselves as a privately-owned outfit without state subsidy. Over the following decade, the personal and romantic problems within the group are played out against a backdrop of rapid cultural transformation, with the troupe - now known as the All-Star Rock and Breakdance Band - struggling to survive as they deal with the problem of ever-dwindling audiences.

'Unknown Pleasures' (2002) follows the lives of two 19 year-old friends who live in the provincial Chinese city of Datong. Disaffected and without jobs or ambition they pass their days wandering around town on their motorbikes dreaming of escape whilst around them China is changing; television begins to show their country's developing political and economic role in the world and how globalisation has reached China. In 'Pickpocket' (1998), a pickpocket and petty criminal whose friends have made it clear they want nothing to do with him, wanders the streets of Fengyang, growing increasingly alienated as a result of his failure to relate meaningfully to anyone, or to understand the changing times of his country.

'Platform' (2000), is based around a theatrical troupe who, in 1979, perform works extolling the achievements of Chairman Mao. Everything begins to change when they are called together and told that state policy now requires them to incorporate Western elements into their performances and also to fend for themselves as a privately-owned outfit without state subsidy. Over the following decade, the personal and romantic problems within the group are played out against a backdrop of rapid cultural transformation, with the troupe - now known as the All-Star Rock and Breakdance Band - struggling to survive as they deal with the problem of ever-dwindling audiences.

'Unknown Pleasures' (2002) follows the lives of two 19 year-old friends who live in the provincial Chinese city of Datong. Disaffected and without jobs or ambition they pass their days wandering around town on their motorbikes dreaming of escape whilst around them China is changing; television begins to show their country's developing political and economic role in the world and how globalisation has reached China.

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SKU 5021866629308
Catalogue Number ART629DVD
Product contents 3 discs
Year 2012
Director Jia Zhang-Ke
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Artificial Eye
Subtitles English
Language(s) Mandarin
Running time 123 min
DVD region 2
Certificate 15

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