The fourth feature by internationally acclaimed auteur Jia Zhang-ke was also his breakout success, an epic with a canvas as vast, and intimate, as its title suggests: a state-of-the-modern-world address, and a look at the insular world of a troupe of Chinese stage-performers dreaming of freedom... Zhao Tao, Jia's muse, is one of these troupers. For Tao and the larger ensemble of pageant performers at Beijing's real-life World Park (a sprawling hyper-pastiche of global landmarks famous sites from five continents), love is respite from work, work is respite from love, and the line that extends from the past to the future loses all definition beyond the present. A testament to the wisdom of this young filmmaker who arrived in the late 1990s with Xiao-wu and, in 2000, Platform (regarded by many to be the greatest film of the 2000s), The World provides an image of globalisation as a paradox: at once a phenomenon rooted in social control, and a network that allows connection across individual people and populations. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this modern classic by renowned Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke, shot in 25p HD, to Blu-ray for the first time ever. Special Features: Gorgeous 25fps transfer of the film in its original frame-rate and 2.35:1 aspect ratio *New and improved English subtitle translations *TONY RAYNS ON THE WORLD: new and exclusive video introduction to the film by scholar and critic Tony Rayns *MADE IN CHINA: a 65-minute documentary on the making of THE WORLD. *THE WORLD ACCORDING TO JIA ZHANG-KE: a 24-minute video interview with filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke. *A lengthy booklet containing a new essay about the film by Tony Rayns; an essay by Jia Zhang-ke; and a special dossier-afterword with further commentary on certain elements of the film and its ending.
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: Chinese ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Documentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Chinese writer/director Jia Zhang Ke's The World is his fourth feature, but it's his first set in a major city, and the first film he's made with the cooperation of the Chinese government. The World is set at the eponymous amusement park in Beijing. Tao (Zhao Tao, who played the Mongolian King girl, Qiao Qiao, in Jia's Unknown Pleasures) is a dancer at the park, which contains scale replicas of landmarks from around the globe. "The Twin Towers were bombed on September 11," says Taisheng (Chen Taisheng), a security guard, proudly, pointing to a miniature New York City skyline, "but ours are still here!" Tao is dating Taisheng, who, like her, moved to Beijing from the provinces for work years earlier. Taisheng thinks Tao is just stringing him along until she finds somebody better, so he gets involved with another woman, Qun (Wang Yi-qun), who makes her living creating knockoffs of Western fashions. Xiaowei (Jing Jue), another dancer, also dates a security guard at the theme park. Niu (Jiang Zhong-wei) is extremely jealous and possessive, and constantly demands to know where Xiaowei spends her time. Youyou (Xiang Wan), who also performs at the park, is secretly dating the boss. When a group of Russian performers comes to work at the park, Tao befriends one of them, despite the language barrier. Friends of Taisheng arrive from the provinces, desperate for work. One of them is injured in a construction accident. The characters often communicate through text messages, which Jia displays in animated sequences. The World was shown by the Film Society of Lincoln Center at the 2004 New York Film Festival. SCREE...The World ( Shijie ) ( O Mundo (O kosmos) ) (Blu-Ray)