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The World (2004)

Shijie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 15 April 2005 (China)
An exploration on the impact of urbanization and globalization on a traditional culture.

Director:

Zhangke Jia

Writer:

Zhangke Jia

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tao Zhao ... Tao
Taishen Cheng Taishen Cheng ... Taisheng
Jue Jing Jue Jing ... Wei
Zhongwei Jiang Zhongwei Jiang ... Niu (as Zhong-wei Jiang)
Yiqun Huang Yiqun Huang ... Qun
Hongwei Wang Hongwei Wang ... Sanlai
Jing Dong Liang Jing Dong Liang ... Tao's ex-boyfriend
Shuai Ji Shuai Ji ... Erxiao
Wan Xiang Wan Xiang ... Youyou
Alla Shcherbakova Alla Shcherbakova ... Anna
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sanming Han ... Sanming
Juan Iu Juan Iu ... Yanqing
Xiaodong Liu Xiaodong Liu ... Karaoke singer
Xiaoshuai Wang
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Storyline

"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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

China | Japan | France

Language:

Mandarin | Russian | English

Release Date:

15 April 2005 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

World See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,776, 4 July 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,662, 23 October 2005
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | (mainland china)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Tao: Anyone have a Band-Aid?
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References Tokyo Story (1953) See more »

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An excellent portrait of local citizens working in the World Theme Park in modern Beijing.
30 March 2005 | by danielriSee all my reviews

If you want to get an aesthetic view on modern China, this is an excellent vehicle. Over two hours long, some scenes are poetic and subtle with an Eastern beauty lovely to behold. English sub-titles are well done.

A big screen experience of common workers from the countryside and the artistic dance community in the big city of Beijing.

There is a lot of smoking... and cell phone use, of course - this is the new China.

Some animation sequences provide creative transitions of scenes.

Not for the adrenaline junkie addicted to violence.

Excellent portrayal of relationships. A true artist behind the camera. The acting is so natural.

The backdrop and chapters are structured around the different national landmarks at the World Theme Park in Beijing.

( 8/10 )


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