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18 March 2005 (Canada) See more »
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An exploration on the impact of urbanization and globalization on a traditional culture. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Unmatched surreal universe brought to life 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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Visa d'exploitation en France : # 111851.See more »
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Tao:Anyone have a Band-Aid?See more »
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References Titanic (1997)See more »

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Unmatched surreal universe brought to life, 12 October 2005
Author: smakawhat from Washington, DC

How can you truly show disconnection. I think I have truly seen a master in action with Shijie, a film that takes place in a world theme park (this place does really exist) in China.

Zhang Ke Jia is a masterful director. His use of colour and character direction is unreal. One of the things he uses to great effect are arches and hallways. Characters appear in them, or look out of them in what is some of the most visual photography I have ever witnessed. There is also a great conversation scene between two characters who don't share the same language, and the use of reflected light that is truly remarkable, make sure to watch for this scene. But it doesn't end there.

Zhang also does something so miraculous that I thought would be impossible. He borrows heavily from Ozu, particularly a scene that is reminiscent of Tokyo Story and makes something that is uniquely his own.

The basic synopsis of "The World", is of the lives of the workers in the theme park. Some romances develop, a foreign Russian worker Anna is introduced to the group even though she and another Chinese girl Tao don't share the same language. Everyday trials and tribulations happen for these young adults who are trying to work in the 'New China'.

Somehow though with all the issues involved, rural people coming into the cities, technological communication, the erosion of China's agrarian past, the fakeness of place, the exploitation of workers and lead up to prostitution, the camaraderie of friends, the cheapness of life.. somehow all of these themes are jumbled into a glorious presentation that you can't take your eyes off of.

The film is beyond surreal, its real setting makes it all more spectacular and that more effective. I had a hard time separating the actors from the characters, at times I thought I was watching a documentary and I prayed or hoped for someone to do well and be happy and find themselves thinking that these were real people in harsh sometimes difficult situations. "The World" has this effect on you, you can't begin to believe the beauty and harshness it shows, and it tricks you in the most crafty way.

The World is a truly fantastic small place in more ways than one...

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