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Release Date:
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 & 5 nominations See more »
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Capturing the essence of a nation See more (30 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
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Directed by
Zhangke Jia 
 
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Zhangke Jia 

Produced by
Keung Chow .... producer
Shozo Ichiyama .... producer
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
 
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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:
Taisheng:Are we dead?
Tao:No, we have only just begun.
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References Titanic (1997)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Capturing the essence of a nation, 4 August 2005
Author: knewman-3 from Washington, DC United States

Few directors in any genre anywhere in the world have been able to capture the heart and true essence of a modern nation in just two short hours as Zhang has done with Shijie. After books like Ted Fishman's "China Inc." or Gordon Chang's "The Coming Collapse of China", this film arrives as a breath of fresh air sharing at a very personal level just how a rapidly changing China isn't always dealing with her 'prosperity' and globalization as easily as we would hope. The World is perhaps one of the best modern Asian films in years. We can only hope Zhang Ke Jia will continue to write, direct and interpret his homeland for us for years to come. Shijie is an emotional tour de force on modern China.

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