What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has numerous bloody fights that may scare younger kids. Characters smoke and pressure a character into trying a cigarette. The story's main theme is perseverance over adversity.
- Families can talk about why Guei and Jian cannot live without the bicycle, and why their obsessions put them in danger and caused them to do things they normally would not do. Why is it that Guei's boss call him "the little engine that could"? Why does Jian believe the bicycle is rightfully his? Why does Guei believe the bicycle is rightfully his? Why does Jian give up the bicycle in the end? In American culture, what would be the equivalent of the bicycle to Guei and Jian? What similarities and differences are there in the way people live in Beijing and the way people in large cities live in the United States? Do Jian and Guei have anything in common other than their obsession with the bicycle?