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Release Date:
18 March 2005 (Canada) See more »
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Plot:
An exploration on the impact of urbanization and globalization on a traditional culture. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
realism at its most ironic See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Tao Zhao ... Tao
Taisheng Chen ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sanming Han ... Sanming
Juan Iu ... Yanqing
Xiaodong Liu ... Karaoke singer
Xiaoshuai Wang

Directed by
Zhangke Jia 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Zhangke Jia 

Produced by
Keung Chow .... producer
Shôzô Ichiyama .... producer (as Shozo Ichiyama)
Masayuki Mori .... executive producer
Hengameh Panahi .... producer
Zhong-lun Ren .... producer
Tianyan Wang .... supervising producer
Takio Yoshida .... producer
Nelson Yu Lik-wai .... associate producer (as Yu Lik Wai)
 
Original Music by
Giong Lim 
 
Cinematography by
Nelson Yu Lik-wai 
 
Film Editing by
Jing Lei Kong 
 
Production Design by
Li-zhong Wu 
 
Makeup Department
Yang Yuan Zhen .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Elise Bastoul .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Laurent Bailly .... sound mixer
Si Guo Li .... boom operator
Yang Zhang .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Meng Da Yu .... grip
Ricky Wong .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Aure Gelis .... post-production assistant
Christophe Legendre .... grader
 
Other crew
Mathilde Incerti .... press attache
Pan Jian Lin .... location manager
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shijie" - China (original title)
"World" - USA (festival title)
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Runtime:
Italy:140 min | USA:143 min | Argentina:143 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | 105 min (theatrical version)
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Visa d'exploitation en France : # 111851.See more »
Quotes:
Tao:Anyone have a Band-Aid?See more »
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References Roman Holiday (1953)See more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
realism at its most ironic, 2 August 2005
Author: Alex Zhang from United States

Though this movie is to some extent, demanding on the audience, a little patience and decent memory will leave you spellbound after the movie. I do warn that if you don't have the patience for books such as The Idiot, don't watch it. Otherwise, I'm sure it will be enjoyable. Jiangke takes the candor of Yasujiro Ozu's dramas and removes kindness, whimsicality, and love and replaces these with loneliness, harshness, and austerity. Powerful combination. The lead actress acts in a way that seems to forget that it's being filmed for a movie. The level of focus on her part is astounding to me. This is in fact true for the entire cast. The irony of the movie lies in its title: The World - a word that conveys a sense of endless possibility. What you get is quite the opposite - in fact the characters seem to be confined by such a level of endless impossibility that the throughout the film, I found myself fearing an imminent gunfight. That never came but the end is equally, if not, more shocking.

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