Beijing Bubbles - Punk and Rock in China's Capital


Beijing Bubbles is a documentary about the punk and rock scene in Beijing, a portrait of five bands in the capital of China. It is also a movie about being different in a country which is the most developing in the world today, in which everybody seems to be obsessed with social advancement and the accumulation of prosperity.

Berlin filmmakers Susanne Messmer and George Lindt go on a ramble through the musical underground that is rarely recognised in China. The protagonists of this subculture are the punk band Joyside, the girl band Hang On The Box, the blues band Sha Zi, the rock band New Pants and the band T9 who combine rock with traditional Mongolian music. They all grant them intimate insights into their everyday lives and despite their diverse music styles, they share the same attitude: They have retired from the world in which they have grown up.

With an authentic and sometimes abrasive style in the spirit of punk rock Beijing Bubbles´ genuine pictures fall smoothly into place with the fresh sound of these five bands which arrestingly accompanies the film. A very personal and intimate document of China´s subculture and of life and society in Beijing beyond common clichés.



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Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH

Stefan Kloos, Julia Eichhorn

Tel: +49 30 47 37 2980




Trailer and Clips

Trailer, Clips and a short feature you can find here.

If you need more material or an EPK on Beta tape, please don't hesitate to contact us directly.



Image Downloads

Bian Yuan, singer of the band Joyside, and his girlfriend Su Jing

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Bian Yuan, singer of the band Joyside, with his girlfriend Su Jing

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Wang Yue, singer of the band Hang on the Box

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TRACKLIST Soundtrack


1 // Hang on the Box: Foxy Lady

2 // Joyside: Sunday Morning

3 // Sound Fragment: Under Life Is...

4 // MUMA: [chin. Titel]

5 // New Pants: [chin. Titel]

6 // PK14: [chin. Titel]

7 // Misandao: [chin. Titel]

8 // The Subs: Strange Country

9 // Car-Sick Cars: Rock'n'Roll Hero

10 // Xiao He: So Ma Hang

11 // Sha Zi: [chin. Titel]

12 // Wang Wen: Wild Drunk

13 // T9: The Hanggai Song (live in the kitchen)

14 // Super Ve: C Elegy

15 // Silent G: Anoia

16 // Wang Fan: Give My Body To