Crazy Racer

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Crazy Racer
Crazy Racer poster.jpg
Traditional瘋狂的賽車
Simplified疯狂的赛车
Mandarinfēngkuáng de sàichē
Directed byNing Hao
Written byNing Hao
StarringHuang Bo
Distributed byChina Film Group
Release date
  • 20 January 2009 (2009-01-20)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryChina
LanguageMandarin
Box officeover ¥100 million (US$15.9 million)[1]

Crazy Racer, also known in some countries as Silver Medalist, is a 2009 Chinese black comedy movie directed and written by Ning Hao, filmed mostly in the southern coastal city of Xiamen, PROC. [2]

Plot[edit]

The plot follows four seemingly separate stories that intersect and converge at points throughout the movie. It begins with the protagonist, Geng Hao losing first place in a cycling race and subsequently being tricked into sponsoring an energy drink containing illegal performance-enhancing substances by corrupt businessman Li Fala which causes him to forfeit the winnings from his silver medal. Disgraced and outlawed from ever participating again in the sport, Geng Hao's coach suffers from a heart attack, prompting Geng Hao to seek retribution from Li Fala, who he believes is the cause. In the process of obtaining the money for his coach's funeral, Geng Hao crosses the paths of local criminals, perpetually confused policemen and Taiwanese gangsters. [3]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film garnered mostly positive reviews from the Chinese press although it has remained relatively unknown outside of mainland china. [4]

Perry Lam of Muse praises Ning Hao's direction: 'the movie leaps from scene to scene with such an athletic deftness and comic inevitability that the many unlikely curves and switches in the plot and the same setups feel almost like the machinery of fate.'[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Global Times (2012-04-17). "Box office battle". People's Daily Online. Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
  2. ^ Review: ‘Crazy Racer’ - Variety
  3. ^ Joshua Chaplinsky NYAFF 2010: CRAZY RACER Review
  4. ^ http://twitchfilm.com/2010/06/nyaff-2010-crazy-racer-review.html
  5. ^ Lam, Perry (May 2009). "A rebuke to Hong Kong cinema". Muse Magazine (28): 94.


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