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836 Ratings

The World


Directed by Jia Zhangke
China, 2004
Drama, Fantasy, Romance


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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The World Directed by Jia Zhangke

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2005 | 3rd place: Best Director

2005 | 2 nominations including: Best Film

São Paulo International Film Festival

2005 | Winner: Critics Award

Critics reviews

While dramatizing this distance, the elusiveness of the real thing behind the perfect image, the film also suggests a more universal media critique. Dressing up in approximately appropriate ethnic costume in front of the Taj Mahal or a Japanese teahouse, Tao is a projected avatar, albeit one constantly running up against the practical limitations of her simulations—she and an imported Russian coworker share several wrenching scenes together, having no common language except empathy.
April 08, 2013
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He films characters who bear the scars of history even as its truths are so often denied to them, for whom the persistence and suppression of history is one of the fundamental facts of contemporary life in China, and for whom “hallucinatory realism” is a frank depiction of the nightmarish quality of Chinese daily life.
October 16, 2012
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Suggesting at different moments a backstage musical, a failed love story, a surreal comedy, and even a cartoon fantasy, this beautiful, corrosive, visionary masterpiece by Jia Zhang-ke (2004) is a frighteningly persuasive account of the current state of the planet.
July 29, 2005
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