A nervy love-quadrangle story that contains much less than the sum of its attractive parts, Lost in Beijing is just the kind of lost generation film that a country entering the full throes of a yuppie consumer crisis would be expected to make. Unfortunately, the government didn’t see its creation as quite so necessary, and purportedly due to some explicit sex scenes, the film was banned in China and its makers prohibited from making films on the mainland for two years. It’s just as likely, however, that the film was kept from theaters due to its uniformly grim and unromantic view of modern-day China, one that seems to be blazing at full and unreflective speed into an unattractively modern future with nary a glance to the past.
Lost in Beijing (aka Ping Guo), is now in limited release. You can read the full review at filmcritic.com.