At the outskirts of Beijing lies The World Park, a theme park that features replicas of all the wonders of the world. Inside the park works an interconnected group of Chinese youth, all drawn to Beijing with dreams of love and success in the face of globalization.
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Aesthetically, there's certain skill for long takes and tracking shots in "The World." It felt almost like a digital Scorsese in places, though it's Jia Zhangke's gift for framing that lends the film much of its grounded beauty. It's the patient characterization that wins you over, though. A gem.
Seriously lack of the spontaneity and « singularity » of instant classics like Platform. and it's a little bit boring sometimes... but still very good if i compare to 99,5% of the productions of this decade. 3 and half stars.
Saw this in a Chinese film class back in undergrad as our course-ending film, and found it quite fitting. Nice post-modern examination towards an ambiguous future of an increasingly urbanizing & globalizing China.
Friendship and romance backstage at the Beijing theme park THE WORLD. There's some good stuff here but it has difficulty emerging from the rather monotone presentation. The opening scene and protagonist Tao 's friendship with a Russian performer are the highlights.
Free floating melancholia and prettiness mixed with unexpected bursts of whimsy and humor in a movie that attempts to make a big statement about The State of the World as unobtrusively and unpretentiously as possible given the aims. In other words, exactly my kind of thing, though the ending's a bit of a kick in the gut, and not in a good way.
What really seems to work it the strong contrast between the limited chances of the characters and the whole "World" that they work in. The film catches the illusions, paradoxes and dislocations of globalisation. Zhao Tao great as usual (but so is the cast as a whole). At the end one might think back to her opening calls for a band-aid, as if that would be enough to cover the social and personal damage that unfolds.