An exploration on the impact of urbanization and globalization on a traditional culture.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Tao
Taishen Cheng ...
Taisheng
Jue Jing ...
Wei
Zhong-wei Jiang ...
Niu
Yiqun Huang ...
Qun
Hongwei Wang ...
Sanlai
Jing Dong Liang ...
Tao's ex-boyfriend
Shuai Ji ...
Erxiao
Wan Xiang ...
Youyou
Alla Shcherbakova ...
Anna
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Juan Iu ...
Yanqing
Xiaodong Liu ...
Karaoke singer
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"The World" is a theme park on the outskirts of Beijing, sixteen kilometers from the Chinese capital, designed around scaled representations of the world's famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa.The site is seen here not from the visitors' point of view but through the eyes of a few of its staff, lonely people, communicating poorly, a bit disillusioned with life, glittering for the tourists but dull and restricted as far as they are concerned. We meet, among others, pretty young dancer Tao and Taisheng, a security guard who is fond of her but not of personal commitment... Written by Guy Bellinger

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15 April 2005 (China)  »

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Box Office

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$6,776 (USA) (1 July 2005)

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$63,662 (USA) (21 October 2005)
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | (mainland china)

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2.35 : 1
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wedding guests: [wedding guests propose a toast] In honor of? History's great beauties... Yang Guifei, Pan Jinlian, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna! and all the beauties! For which cause? World peace, women's rights and faces without freckles!
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The Chinese world
3 December 2007 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

A friend of mine says that his defining image of modern China is of a marble facade slapped onto a jerry-built wall; and it's this kind of picture that also emerges from 'The World', a touching movie about the lives of a group of workers in a Beijing theme park in which all the planet's tourist attractions are copied in a single location. Beautifully acted, the film provides an interesting insight into the patterns of behaviour of young Chinese; but the underlying tone is melancholic, and this flavour grows stronger as the story progresses; in some ways, it's a tale about the death of hope. But it's done with a light touch, some striking photography and some nicely realised animated interludes. I found it moving and subtle, and ultimately, very sad.


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