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A.k.a.
The World
Year
2004
Runtime
143 min.
Director
Zhangke Jia
Genre
Drama
Rating *
7.1
Votes *
2,065
Checks
818
Favs
60
Dislikes
12
Favs/checks
7.3% (1:14)
Favs/dislikes
5:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    The World may be Jia Zhangke's first state-sanctioned film, but it still portrays the same China I saw in Unknown Pleasures (the only other film of his I've seen to date), a China filled with poverty, migrant workers, and listless youth. The trick here is that it's shot in and around the World theme park in Beijing, which simulates the experience of travel without having to go anywhere, with airliner "rides" and smaller-scale monuments from around the world in front of which you can take your holiday snaps. The location adds an oddity to many scenes, and in a way makes the story more universal. It could happen anywhere, and seems to. But the bigger metaphor is that the characters are starved for travel, for achievement, for progress, but are stuck in place. But while I respect the premise, I'm not all that engaged in the stories of these park workers. Love affairs fraught with jealousy, a friend from home looking for work, a strange and kind of wonderful ending that's just a little too abrupt... It made ME listless. Oh well. 4 years 5 months ago
  2. ucuruju's avatar

    ucuruju

    By invoking Tokyo Story, Zhangke underlines the fact that this is a movie about youths who have left their parents behind, as well as their home, roots, traditions and culture. And in search of what exactly? Nowadays kids are promised the whole world, but the ugly truth of it is that it's a world made of plastic, with fake vistas, no future, degrading jobs and loveless marriages. Somewhere out there beautiful people are wearing beautiful clothes in beautiful palaces drinking beautiful wine-- but you won't find them here. This is an absolutely fantastic film. Depressing, truthful stuff. 1 week 4 days ago
  3. chryzsh's avatar

    chryzsh

    Real slow cinema 8 years 9 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #48 in BIFF's Asian Cinema 100
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  2. This movie ranks #61 in Tom Vick's Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  3. This movie ranks #146 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
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  4. This movie ranks #155 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
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  5. This movie ranks #170 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2500
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    170
  6. This movie ranks #411 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
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  7. This movie ranks #1051 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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