The history of China from the late 20th to early 21st centuries told through Factory 420 and the people who worked there. It is a film about the passage of time and the changes it brings not just to the people but the spaces they inhabit. A touching film beautifully photographed.
China's transformation from rural communist industry to capitalist powerhouse is a topic that never fails to interest me. All of Zhangke's movies shows this transformation in brilliant fashion. I had a hard time distinguishing acted interviews from the real ones, which speaks to the power and mystery of these stories. Joan Chen's part was the best.
Simply brilliant. Never before have I seen anything that 'poignant' so perfectly fits the description of, so I find it almost unnecessary to describe it as anything else. I wish other films possessed anywhere close to the emotion and feeling that each of the 112 minutes of 24 City contained laced within it. Just beautiful.
A wonderfully artful depiction of the stories of people tied to a factory in Southwest China saying much about Chinese history and culture while also touching universal human themes. Blurring the line between real and acted it's beautiful to look at and the stories of the workers and their families are often quite remarkable and elegantly told. I have to confess I didn't recognise Joan Chen from her Twin Peaks days.
A reminder that every person has their unique backstory. The world of humans is an ever growing intricate web driven by these centres of emotional lives. This is what the film does beautifully. The global wars and peace, the national decisions and the local events all dance with the emotional lives of participants and bystanders. In this case all those involved in Factory 402.
Beautifully shot, very interesting. Through the story of Factory 402 we learn how China changed during last 50 years, and explains how huge is the generation gap between the people who helped build the factory and those who are beginning their adult life. I enjoyed watching 24 City a lot, however as it's a blend of documentary and fiction I still wonder which were true stores and persons and which were fictional...
24 City, with its documentary-style cinematography, blends an unique insight into the stunning socio-political and economic transformation of China over the past 50 years with the effects of the generational gap that ensued following these mammoth changes. The intimate & personal interviews reveal aspects of both sheer brutality and candid innocence in the lives of the people who helped transform XXI century China
Incredible depiction of the change occurring in China set over three generations and the evolution of one factory. The symbols and culture of communism slowly disappear with time while the ideology of capitalism is smoothly emerging. Told through revealing personal stories and stunning digital cinematography which caught me off guard at first but really helped to capture a slick realistic depiction.