Synopsis Il ragazzo del risció
Beijing, beginning of XX century. The young Xiangzi dreams about buying a rickshaw and start working for himself, for he hates working for the businesses man Siye, whose daughter Huniu, has asked the boy out and has tried to seduce him. Distressed and shocked by the event, the boy leaves his job and seeks help from a family of intellectuals who treats him with respect. He keeps dreaming about his own rickshaw but when news of Huniu being pregnant reach him, he can't do anything else than marrying her, despite the father's protests. As soon as they get married, the rich father leaves the couple and disappears. They live in an ugly flat and Huniu spends her time doing nothing and complaining about the husband, who's trying his best to make a living. Their neighbour Erquiangzi, a rickshaw driver himself, is thinking about turning his own daughter Xiaofuzi into a prostitute to make some money. Huniu dies and the boy gets closer to Xiaofuzi and asks her to wait for him, he will find the way to make some money and get her out of that misery. But the girl gives up and commits suicide, leaving Xiangzi with nothing else again. Defeated once again, he surrenders to a life of alcohol and gambling.