From the director of the Academy Award Nominated film “The Scent of Green Papaya” comes a shocking new vision of beauty, passion and power.
In the mayhem of Saigon, the theft of a young man’s cyclo pedicab leads to tragic and unpredictable consequences. For the desperate poor of this anarchic city, with its enormous contrasts between those on top and those underfoot, every day is the same struggle. The cyclo (Le Van Loc) spends all day pedaling in the hunt for passengers, before returning to the home that he shares with his two sisters and grandfather. Since his parents are long dead (mother in childbirth and father in an auto accident) every member of the family is forced to work. Grandfather (Le Dinh Huy) repairs tires (back-breaking labor for an old man), younger sister (Pham Ngoc Lieu) shines shoes after school and older sister (Tran Nu Yen Khe) carries water for the market. Even then their shack is all of two rooms, open to the elements and their neighbors, squashed against more of the same.
Imminent financial disaster leads to moral ruin as the former cyclo turns first to a life of petty crime to pay the bills then embraces drugs and even murder to gain success as a gangster – all evoked by the director in an incredible atmosphere of chaos, helter skelter activity which seems to follow no law. The strength of Cyclo lies in its imagery. Stunning colors and a cascade of metaphors, on many different levels, constructs a coherent picture of the world of the Cyclo.
Cast: Le Van Loc, Tran Nu Yen Khe, Tony Leung, Nguyen Nhu Quynh, Nguyen Hoang Phuc
Directed: Anh Hung Tran
Genre: Drama, Crime, Action
Runtime: 123 minutes
Also Known As: Xich lo
Country: Vietnam/Hong Kong/France
Language: Vietnamese/Mandarin (dual audio track)