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24 City (2008)

Er shi si cheng ji (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 6 March 2009 (China)
Change and a city in China. In Chengdu, factory 420 is being pulled down to make way for multi-story buildings with luxury flats. Scenes of factory operations, of the workforce, and of ... See full summary »

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Zhangke Jia
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jianbin Chen
Joan Chen ... Gu Minhua / Xiao Hua
Liping Lü ... Hao Dali
Tao Zhao ... Su Na
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Change and a city in China. In Chengdu, factory 420 is being pulled down to make way for multi-story buildings with luxury flats. Scenes of factory operations, of the workforce, and of buildings stripped bare and then razed, are inter-cut with workers who were born in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s telling their stories - about the factory, which manufactured military aircraft, and about their work and their lives. A middle-aged man visits his mentor, now elderly; a woman talks of being a 19-year-old beauty there and ending up alone. The film concludes with two young people talking, each the child of workers, each relaying a story of one visit to a factory. Times change. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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Country:

China | Hong Kong | Japan

Language:

Mandarin | Shanghainese

Release Date:

6 March 2009 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

24 City See more »

Filming Locations:

Chengdu, China

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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During a press conference at the 61st Cannes Film Festival for the film, Zhangke Jia, Joan Chen and Tao Zhao observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the 2008 devastating earthquake in China. The film was shot in Chengdu, in Sichuan province where the earthquake struck. See more »

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Features The Home Song Stories (2007) See more »

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A Girl in Tears Looking for Her Beloved One
Lyrics by Kai Chuan
Composed by Wang Ming
Performed by Li Guyi
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Best yet from Jia Zhangke
7 July 2009 | by yc955See all my reviews

This movie is by far his best IMHO. The flow is engaging and natural while the 'empty' spaces in between narrations are not unlike those quiet passages in Chopin's piano pieces or the white spaces in the classic Chinese paintings.

I used to think Joan Chen only as a pretty face. But her performance here, even though short, changed my view completely. She can really act and act well! And she's still beautiful more than ever. Gawd bless her! The other pro actresses have proved their mastery in acting long ago and didn't disappoint here either.

But the most credit has to go to the writer/director Jia - these short stories never really intertwine with each other as a plot, but together they are so strong and compelling that makes any smart and coy plot pale in comparison. Jia again nailed the pulse of the real life drama right on without wasting much of anything.

I can't help but feel sympathetic to those who can't get 'it' because of the lack of background knowledge about the modern China. Only it's ironic, or even rather sad that, for such an iconic Chinese master movie maker with such a quintessential Chinese story telling, only found his fame mostly outside China today.

Once a famous jazz critic wrote that if you remove all the names of the white jazz players from its history, you haven't changed jazz a single bit. IMHO, by the time the outside world gets tired of the curiosity of Jia, over time his mastery will establish itself in China and only then will he find his real audience.


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