World [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.Read more ›
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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AS THE FIRST BLURAY RELEASE OF JIA ZHANGKE'S WORKS, THIS IS SPLENDID WITH A FEW EXTRA FEATURES AND FAR BETTER IMAGE QUALITY THAN DVD EDITIONS. Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2014 by HAN XIAO
Beautifully filmed, this movie gives insight into the extraordinary world of Chinese theme park performers, the surreal imitation and emotionally dead world in which they find... Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2010 by P. J. Beaver