Tony Chiu-Wai Leung and Nu Yên-Khê Tran in Cyclo (1995)
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung and Nu Yên-Khê Tran in Cyclo (1995)
Cyclo (1995)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present


Tran Anh Hung | Vietnam, France | 1995 | R18+

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Wed 5 Apr 2023

Tran’s dreamy, expressionistic ode to neorealism and Wong Kar-Wai, shot on location in Saigon and riffing on the plot of De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, casts Leung as a poet moonlighting as a gangster and in love with the sister of the titular orphaned hero. While not the preeminent showcase of his acting talent – Leung spoke no Vietnamese and learned his minimal dialogue phonetically – Tran and cinematographer Benoît Delhomme utilise his dark, brooding interiority to lend a captivating glamour to his enigmatic villain, completely stealing the film from its putative, non-actor lead.

Format: DCP
Language: Vietnamese with English subtitles
Source: New Vision
Runtime: 123 mins

Event duration

123 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Quiet and introspective as a child and outcast by his parents’ separation, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (1962–) never aspired to much. In 1982, whilst working as an appliance salesman, Leung was encouraged to take up acting by his childhood friend, Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer)...

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