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Crazy Racer

(Feng Kuang de Sai Che)

North american Premiere

  • China 2009
  • 104 min
  • video
  • Mandarin with English subtitles
North American Premiere

Official Selection, Chinese Renaissance, Hong Kong International Film Festival 2009
Official Selection, Udine Far East Film Festival 2009

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Director: Ning Hao
Screenplay: Ning Hao
Cast: Huang Bo, Jiu Kong, Rong Xiang
Producers: Zhang Yifan
Distributor: Media Asia

Part of...

Hong Kong Cinema 100 Years   

Hong Kong Cinema 100 Years


The laughs come lightning fast in this hysterical madcap tour de farce, set at the highest gear! Silver-medalist cyclist Geng Hao is disqualified after a product he is endorsing shows up in his bloodstream as a prohibited drug. Years later, when he spies Li Fala, the man who ruined his life on television, he sets out on a quest for retribution. At the arena where he confronts Li, a gang of drug dealers from Taiwan arrange to buy heroin from a Thai trafficker who has arrived as part of a cycling team taking part in an international competition. Everything goes haywire with the arrival of the police and general mayhem ensues. Following that, a mysterious man hires two second-rate hitmen to kill his wife while a couple of down-on-their-luck police detectives dream of cracking a big case. The spectacularly unlucky bicycle racer Geng Hao becomes embroiled in all kinds of bungled crimes as these seemingly unrelated events collide!

Director Ning Hao conducts the madness in CRAZY RACER as if it were a symphony, cementing his position as Asia’s answer to the Coen Brothers. It’s a circus act of pure cinematic showmanship as Ning’s visual arabesque reaches new heights, cramming every frame with fancy shots and wacky compositions. The multiple plotlines overlap in spectacular fashion, but the one common theme running through them all seems to be how everything revolves around money—perhaps the director’s comment on the booming Chinese economy? The performances are terrific as the actors somehow make these weird, unstable, borderline psychotic characters believable, even likable. With this follow-up to his runaway hit CRAZY STONE, Ning Hao proves he is indeed a force to reckon with.

—Robert Guillemette

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