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World [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C8ST80
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,728 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
One of the most important contemporary Chinese filmmakers documenting the profound changes going on in his country, Jia Zhang Ke's use of a theme park in Beijing is an inspired choice of location that brilliantly and profoundly expresses the difficulties facing ordinary Chinese people as their country plunges headlong into modernisation, globalisation and economic reform.

The setting of The World is a theme park of major monuments and attractions from around the world, in reduced scale, the Eiffel Tower sitting alongside the Pyramids, London Bridge and the Piazza San Marco. Working in the park are many immigrants and workers who have travelled from remote country towns, some of them from the director's home town of Fenyang in the Shanxi province, some of them perhaps even the same characters stagnating there during the eighties in his earlier film, Platform. The theme park serves as a powerful metaphor for China's surreal relationship with the rest of the world at a time when, with the Beijing Olympics just around the corner, the country is moving into an international arena, seeing huge reforms and experiencing rapid economic expansion.

Jia's style is still very much low-key in regards to the narrative, though there is a considerable amount of poignancy, humour and irony in the drama of the minor disputes, friendships, affairs and problems faced by simple people with complex emotional lives.
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The Fourth film from Chinese Director Zhang Ke Jia, charts the lives of a group of young performers and security guards living and working in a giant theme park in Bejing. The theme park is made of of tacky replicas of The Eifffel Tower, Big Ben and Ulan Bator.

Spending their days dressed in silly costumes and the boys as security guards, this charts the changes the characters undergo in modern China that has itself transformed istself from Communism to state capitalism.

A serious and entertaining move from one of China's finest and most internationally known auters.
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This latest film from Jia Zhangke is quite his best - I thought that 24 CITY would be hard to beat, but this is even better. Finally, we have a young Chinese director who is showing us a different China - China in transition - not the China of some old dynastic period, but China today. He shows us the massive economic & cultural changes that taking place all over China - with the (sometimes) tragic human consequences. A remarkable director, a remarkable film.
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