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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 & 5 nominations See more »
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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 Roman Holiday (1953)See more »

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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
See the world in a day., 6 May 2005
Author: mercuryadonis from Toronto

"The World" is set in the tacky eponymous Beijing theme park and details the lives of the alienated young workers who are spiritually and physically trapped there. It's a subtle, delicate, yet powerful film with a directing style that can best described as artfully unobtrusive. The young director/writer is a master of composition, camera movement and sound. Some of the scenes unspool without editing for several minutes, the camera mostly still, sometimes moving with the action but never on the whim of the filmmaker. Sound and dialogue occur off-screen in a way that reminds one of the great Japanese director Ozu. (Indeed, one of the film's inter-titled chapters is called "Tokyo Story".

One of the best examples of this style is a grimy hotel room scene between the lead couple in which very little happens--an attempted seduction, but no sex--that is so authentic it feels almost voyeuristic to watch. In another scene, a father counts and pockets four stacks of money bestowed to him by the authorities for the accidental death of his son, his face an expressionless mask that hides more pain than could ever be shown. In an opening scene the camera tracks a female dancer running through a theatre backstage, pleading for a band aid she will never get--thus slyly presaging the untreatable tragedies that will eventually unfold.

The central characters are so alone, alienated and unable to communicate in any meaningful way--much of the dialogue is spoken into the ubiquitous cellphones--that the closest any two people come together are two woman--one Chinese, the other Russian--who don't speak a word of each other's language.

This is the best kind of social commentary a film can offer, images that show and don't tell. At times it feels plodding--especially the last half hour--some of the characters could use more development, and the animated cellphone sequences seem unnecessary and distracting. But the depiction of contemporary urban China's deepening social malaise--the result of far too rapid urbanization and unchecked Westernization--is troubling enough to make one fear the country's--and the world's--future.

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